Volunteer Internship Process for Supervisors

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Below you will find the unpaid (by Free Geek) intern application and supervising process. If you're coordinating the Internship Program, check out Volunteer Intern Process for Program Coordinators.

Volunteer Intern Hiring Procedure

  1. Make the job description.
    • The volunteer program coordinator works with individual staff members to create a detailed job description for a needed internship. Be sure there's enough staff time and desire to support an intern in the position you'd like. The working copy of the job description is posted on the wiki under the "Volunteer Internships" category (link at the bottom of this page). Use this template:Volunteer Intern.
    • Prioritize your different internships, and let an Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator know how many interns you can handle at once.
  2. Job posted on website and on other sites.
    • The job description is posted by Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator on our internships page.
  3. Volunteers apply!
    • Those interested in internships at Free Geek will be directed to the application, asked to choose which internship interests them, and apply for the internship.
  4. Intern is screened.
    • The Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator reviews the online application and if it seems like a good fit, the application is forwarded to the Internship supervisor.
    • The Internship Supervisor also reviews the application and if it seems like a good fit, they encourage the intern to take a tour of the facility and schedule an interview with the intern (an initial phone interview could be scheduled prior to a tour or face to face interview.) The interview is scheduled to determine if the internship is a good fit. If it's not, please direct the prospective intern towards another internship or one of our regular volunteer programs, if possible.
  • If an internship supervisor ever wants to make changes to his/her internship description, make changes on the wiki then be sure to alert the Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator so she can make changes to the website versions of the job descriptions.

Intern Interview/Processing

  1. Interview.
    • During the face-to-face interview with the prospective intern, the prospective FG supervisor asks some questions to see if the applicant would be appropriate for the position.
    • Please update the Intern Interview Questions wiki page with new or reworded questions as needed. It'll help other supervisors! Some area supervisors have their own questions they like to ask during an interview. Please feel free to develop your own questions, and share them with the IPC.
  2. Decide yes or no for that applicant.
    • Interviewers talk after the interview to accept or deny the applicant. The supervisor might also make the decision before the interview is over and tell the applicant.
  3. Let the applicant know the decision.
    • The supervisor calls or emails applicant with the outcome. If you let the applicant know your decision before the end of the interview, of course skip this step.
  4. Schedule and paperwork.
    • The supervisor will work out a schedule with the intern, and will let the Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator know the schedule. If the intern has additional paperwork for school or another organization, the intern should provide them with the paperwork. Paperwork will be filed with the volunteer applications.
  5. Logistical details. If intern is brought on, their free geek supervisor should:
    • Add the new intern to the schedule in the database.
    • Have new volunteer intern sign the Volunteer Intern Contract and file with other volunteer intern paperwork. Some areas have come up with their own area-specific expectations for interns to sign.
    • Introduce the intern to everyone on staff, especially any staff that will have regular contact with them.
  • The Supervisor keeps track of paperwork, evaluations, timesheets, etc. and will work to juggle these things, although...
  • The responsibility ultimately lands on the intern him/herself to be sure the evaluations and other paperwork are filled out by their FG supervisor on time.

Intern Training/Maintainence

  1. Training.
    • The intern's Free Geek supervisor trains the new intern. Don't forget, training should happen throughout the intern's time here - it's not just a one-time thing.
  2. Introduce intern to the community.
    • Once you know your intern is going to keep showing up regularly, let staff and volunteers know that we have a new intern. This will help the intern integrate into our community, and help others accommodate to this new helper.
  3. Check in.
    • Once your intern is settled, showing up reliably, and doing a good job, it can be easy to just let them do their job for a long time because, well, they're doing such a great job, and why would you want to change that? We want to keep them engaged, too. Please check in once every month or two. It can be informal, and cover stuff like: what's going right, what's going wrong, is the intern happy where he/she is, or would they like to change their job description?
  4. Problems?
    • If there are discipline problems with the intern, use the Volunteer Discipline Policy. Let the Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator or a member of the HR Committee know about it. If the intern came to us through an outside agency, you or the Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator should get in touch with their case manager-type person at that agency.

Exit: At the End of the Internship

  1. Exit Interview


Supervisors should also be sure to approach the Volunteer and Front Desk Coordinator with any issues they have with the program or if something doesn't seem right. Periodic check-ins with supervisors will occur to see how their interns are doing and make sure the supervisors understand and are satisfied with the program.