From Interns to Executives: Learning requires Ahonui
Ahonui (aho` newee) - patience, patient, enduring, long-suffering, to tolerate. (Ulukau Dictionary) by Juli Patao, Maui Educational Foundation Director
COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, in some form shape, or way. For many living with uncertainty, chaos and confusion have created unsurmountable stress and pandemonium. Employers, employees, and unions must all learn to work together despite the pressures of COVID-19. Perhaps “ahonui” is needed for us to survive these challenging times.
In response, SHRM Hawaii’s Educational Foundational Representatives hosted numerous HR topics with great speakers at no cost to stimulate discussion about the various COVID-19 topics that impact our work environments. The Tuesday 12 noon 30-60 minute sessions provided virtual collaborative resources to serve all HR professionals to include neighbor island communities with direct access to programs and events. Thank you to the SHRM Hawaii Educational Foundation Board of Directors that consists of the following Neighbor-Island Representatives: Bill Brown (Hawaii), Juli Patao (Maui), Erin Tomlinson (Oahu), Jeannine Marine (Kauai). SHRM Hawaii along with the Educational Foundational Representatives continue to promote HR topics and education for all of our communities to perpetuate HR professionals. We look forward to your continued support.
Since education is being impacted for all student learners, we ask that HR professionals and employers support college students with facilitating Virtual or Hybrid (Virtual+In-Person) Internships to help students complete their higher educational goals. Top 10 -- Tips to host a Virtual Internship: (aside from internet, computer equipment, headphones, microphones, or a Zoom, Google Meet, or BlueJeans platform)
- Challenge the intern to learn about his/her major and have the Intern create a job description of duties the student might be interested in learning.
- Be creative with identifying tasks or duties (learning outcomes) for the Intern to complete or think of projects that align with the Intern’s academic program and compare those requirements to projects you might want to achieve for your organization and see how the Intern could support those initiatives.
- Designate a Mentor for the student to check in with on a regular basis.
- If you are the designated Mentor, have a contingency plan, in case you are too busy to follow up with the Intern, have an Assistant Mentor to check on the Interns progress.
- Onboard and welcome Interns to company meetings, updates, and/or weekly meetings.
- Commit to a schedule and require the intern to check-in regularly (every hour or two) to ensure tasks are being completed in a timely manner in accordance with your guidelines.
- Evaluate and provide feedback about the Interns performance in a timely manner. Be supportive by providing clear and constructive feedback for the Intern to learn.
- Communicate with the Intern’s teacher or faculty in-charge of the college Internship Program to holistically support the Intern learnings.
- Host a student intern as you may require Interns to sign a Risk and Release Statement. Specific organizational concerns may need to be addressed, consult your organization's attorney.
- Have fun and be flexible with engaging the Intern to learn, it’s ok for you to share your career journey too.