I’m planning on sharing this little outline with our summer interns this week – trying to get them ready to move through a rapid pace of growth this summer. Judging from the first week (Hayward pictured above, 6 days in), they’re going to do just fine. Here’s the plan:
Welcome to the team! This is the month where you move from being a student and graduate to staff member. You need to learn the office culture quickly and expect to get put on a bunch of tasks that might not seem like they are worth your time. There is more significant stuff in your future, but these are good for you. Never be above stuffing envelopes.
You’re settling in and are well-liked. It is time to watch closely and make sure you’re asking good questions. This is the time to be mentored under veteran youth workers. Don’t just cruise through this month since you’re finding a groove, use it to be intentionally preparing for the big challenge here toward the end.
OK … you’re ready to go. You will always need to be a servant and continually learning is critical, but it is time to be responsible for something outright. You will be given the riegns to a summer event or two and the buck stops with you. Be a great leader. Here’s your chance!