Timeline for Hosting an Intern
Puentes works closely with companies and organizations to provide a comprehensive and well-managed program for both the internship site and the intern. The following is an overview of what the internship experience entails from start to finish for an internship site.
Have an in-person screening meeting with Puentes staff at your office to discuss the internship program, expectations, and possible intern roles within your place of work.
Complete an Internship Description Form, which outlines potential projects and areas of work for interns in your office.
Candidate Referrals and Interviews
Review application packets for interested candidates, which are shared with you by Puentes. Interview potential interns and provide the Puentes staff with feedback.
Two weeks before the intern's arrival, update the proposed project work for the intern, and map out the on-boarding and training plan so that it is smooth, productive, and interesting for both the intern and the internship site.
Initial Internship Meeting
Have an initial meeting with the intern and Puentes staff during the first days of the internship to review together the project work plan.
Training, Supervision, Guidance
Ensure that the intern has meaningful, project-based work that contributes directly to the organization's goals. Provide training and supervision for the intern, including regular, weekly check-in meetings with the intern to review progress on project work, questions, and next steps.
Mid-Internship Site Visit Meeting
Participate in a mid-internship site visit meeting with Puentes staff and the intern to provide a space to communicate learnings, challenges, successes, and goals.
Hold a closing meeting with the intern.
Complete a brief, online evaluation of the intern’s work and your experience with Puentes. Be available to provide possible letters of recommendation for the intern's future professional and academic endeavors if requested.