Orientation Checklist

The following checklist is often used by supervisors to enhance the participating student’s work experience and to encourage positive student/supervisor relations. Coop/Internship students should familiarize themselves with this list, and if they find that their employer has not covered points of interest to them, they should feel free to ask questions or seek clarification.

Employer Orientation Checklist:

    1. Orientation to the company:
      _____a. history, philosophy, mission
      _____b. organizational structure
      _____c. formal and informal policies
      _____d. status of position and benefits
      _____e. opportunity for advancement

    1. Orientation to the department or office:
      _____a. office tour and introductions
      _____b. office hours and work schedule
      _____c. record-keeping and time sheets
      _____d. dress code
      _____e. procedure for sick leave
      _____f. parking
      _____g. lunch
      _____h. work space and office supplies

    1. Orientation to the job:
      _____a. job description
      _____b. goals and objectives for work session
      _____c. standards of performance
      _____d. evaluation process
      _____e. reward system
      _____f. required meetings

    1. Integrate students in the workplace:
      _____a. introduce student to fellow workers
      _____b. discussion of group norms/values
      _____c. explain proper channels of communication
      _____d. involve students in organizational activities and meetings when appropriate

    1. Provide support to the student:
      _____a. schedule time to talk about student's adjustment to the work environment
      _____b. help student find a role within the organization
      _____c. discuss individual values and goals
      _____d. encourage student to ask for help when needed
      _____e. help student constructively confront problems

    1. Provide the student with opportunities to:
      ____a. test his/her abilities
      ____b. make a contribution
      ____c. be appreciated/recognized

  1. Stimulate intellectual growth:
    ____a. present challenges
    ____b. progressively add responsibility
    ____c. provide feedback
    ____d. encourage independent thought and innovative ways to problem solve
    ____e. invite new ideas