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Intern Work Progress Report

Work Progress Reports are required for all students doing an internship for credit through the UW-La Crosse Internship Program. Work Progress Report Surveys will be available in Handshake in the form of a survey.  PLEASE NOTE:  We have had some issues with these email notices going to "Clutter" or "Junk" email files. Please add the address notifications@joinhandshake.com to your address book to prevent this from happening.  Please be advised that we have noticed on some mobile devices it will still appear in your clutter folder.

BE ADVISED:   You can easily access the Work Progress Report Survey by logging into your Handshake account. Once you are logged in, you should see a notice at the top of your dashboard indicating that you have a survey to take. You can either click on that link or you can click on “Career Center” tab at the top then "Surveys". The screen that comes up will show you all the surveys that have been sent to you and whether or not you have taken them. 

  • Complete a work progress report every three to four weeks for a full semester internship or evenly spaced throughout the duration of your internship if less than a full term. Your internship faculty advisor will automatically receive a copy of each report you upload.
  • Some questions on the Work Progress Report survey will ask you to use the STAR method, which is a behavior-based format. Please see description below or click on the “Career Center” tab then “Resources” in your Handshake account.

Once completed, Career Services will distributed your work progress report survey to your internship faculty advisor and to the Career Services staff.

Reminders:

  • Information and details on STAR can be found below or in the RESOURCE section of Handshake.
  • Be as detailed as possible to provide the full picture of your learning experience as your faculty will use it in a factor to grade you.  Remember, the Work Progress Reports and evaluations are the information your faculty internship advisor will use to grade you for your internship. It is important that you submit all this information. Failure to do so could affect your grade.
  • Employer evaluations of your work will be sent to the supervisor at mid-term and at the finality of your interns.  So mark your calendars to remind them to complete the evaluation. Career Services will remind you are orientation of that exact due dates for each semester.
  • Any changes in your supervision at your internship?  Please tell Career Services immediately at 608.785.8514 or kdurnin@uwlax.edu

STAR METHOD

  • These reports will be sent to your faculty internship advisor to determine your grades for your internship. You will be asked a series of questions identifying skills and competencies you are developing at your internship. With some questions, you will be asked to complete the questions in a behavior-based format using the STAR method. This will require you to provide an example: 

    • S – Situation (set the scene, describe the situation)
    • T – Task (specifics of what you needed to accomplish)
    • A – Action (what you did, skills/behaviors used) (explain what happened and what you learned)

Example Question: "I am witnessing and/or increasing my understanding of effective leadership skills"

    • Situation: As a government relations intern at Memorial Hospital, I learned that I was the first and only intern the department had ever had, and they decided they wanted to create a formal internship program.
    • Task: In order to successfully launch this program, my supervisor asked me to create and administer a training curriculum for the new, incoming interns.
    • Action: To complete this task, first, I outlined all the procedures the new interns would need to learn about like HIPAA standards, how to operate the 10-line phone system, and how to use the health record index and storage system. Next, I created a three-day training agenda covering these topics. Finally, I facilitated it to four new interns.
    • Results: The training was a huge success. On a survey completed after the training, all four interns rated the program a 10 out of 10 in the areas of usefulness and creativity. In addition, each intern rated my communication and leadership styles as "Excellent.” I learned that the importance of developing good communication skills with my supervisor early in my internship. Through conversations and observation, I learned that good supervisors trust and equip their team members with the tools to make them successful. This is important to me as I am about to enter the job market. I had not considered the importance of not only wanting a great job but also a good leader.