A new Web site invites students to assess their internships so that future students can make informed decisions about where they apply. (A hat tip goes to Dr. Karen Russell for the link and to Ron Culp for the original publicity.)
The Web site is called Internship Ratings.com. No listings are up on the Eugene or Portland regions yet (at the time I am writing this). I encourage you to help next year’s UO students and your former employers by writing an evaluation.
Some of the categories for assessment include quality of work assignments, networking opportunities, fair hours, salary, and letter of recommendation. There is a coffee cup evaluation to provide an overall judgment.
Your internship employers are likely to look at this site too, which is a reminder to write professionally and constructively. An evaluation written in such a manner would also be more likely to inspire the organization to improve. Otherwise, it is easy to discredit the person writing the evaluation.
Tips for Internship Evaluations
1. If something was bad, state the facts (e.g., six of my eight hours were usually spent filing and copying) and recommend areas for the organization to improve upon. You can say what you expected and what the internship turned out to be in factual terms. Reflect your negative assessment in your score, but refrain from what could be perceived as whining. Anything you want to complain about can be reported factually and framed constructively.
2. Do not make personal attacks and do not name people. Personally attacking someone online, especially under the protection of anonymity, is unproductive and hurtful. It’s a cheap shot. However, if someone sexually harassed you, report the incident factually. State what happened.
3. Share with students one of the best aspects of the internship, the best way for the organization to improve the internship (even more), and at least one tip for succeeding in the particular organization.
Tips for Internship Ratings.com
1. Give internship coordinators a voice. Allow them to respond to comments.
2. Post your logo in a format that allows bloggers to copy it and paste it into their blog posts.
3. When someone clicks on a person’s username, have the next window reveal the full results, not just the qualitative comments.
(This discussion is cross-posted to PR Open Mic.)