I figured I would start a thread so that a) students or other seeking internship opportunities kinda get a sense of expectations when they do land an internship and b) a place for us professionals providing internship opportunities to sort of springboard and share management styles and tips to mold that intern into a somewhat functioning planner for the future.
I have found over the past summer the lack of attention to detail is something seriously missing on students. Case in point. I directed our newest intern to write our breif staff report for our design review committee. I directed him to follow this template. He asked at the end of the day if i wanted to review it, and i said, "no, just print out a copy for me when your done, so I can review in one fellow swoop".
Now in college, I would at least proof read what i wrote and made sure the "stupid" things were covered.
Attention to detail.
Which means, review what you got before you send it off. Maybe I am being t0o rough, but I made it quite clear during our first sit down and project introduction that a) we produce professional quality work, so staff reports and other items that "leave" the office or to be reviewed by the public needs to be professionally polished. and that b) take no shortcuts. If it takes longer to do something and it will look polished, than do it. This isn't a timed exercise here, but rather, short, concise, and most of all professional report needs to be produced.
What I got was sorely lacking. Names and Dates were not changed on headers and footers, Project name wasn't included, inconsistent fonts and just the repetitive information (which i understand), but again, it was the little things
Again, attention to detail.
So, how do you go about telling someone, pay attention to the details?