Working with interns in a remote setting can be a new process for many. Building
a clear communication plan and structure will be the key to your success.
Communication check ins with staff should be pre-scheduled and more often than in
a F2F experience. Review the
Effective & Responsible Communication Guidelines to get started.
Zoom and other video conferencing tools can be very useful in communicating with interns.
Make thoughtful judgments about what can be done remotely v F2F; and once we return
to hybrid take the best of F2F and the best of remote for your site.
Speak with your interns about technology tools they have access to and what they need
Consider how you will gauge productivity of your team if you cannot see them and observe
their work. Their are many tools available to help you manage productivity and projects
The Future of Work
According to the LinkedIn course,
Managing Virtual Teams, hiring managers expect half the work force to be remote in the next decade.
Focus on creating remote community activities to develop a close team and increase
engagement. Engaging students through
Virtual Meetings is a great way to start to build community as well.
Virtual Show and Tell
Each student can show something that is important to them with a brief story e.g.
a picture, an award, a pet, a trinket, a piece of jewelry.
Virtual Scavanger Hunt
This can be done in teams to learn more about your organization (e.g. finding things
on your website or your company handbook) or individually by having students find
things around their space that they can share to get to know one another better.