Evaluating an Intern

Evaluating an Intern
It is important to provide feedback for an intern at the end of his or her experience, even if an evaluation is not part of the student’s college requirements. Providing feedback is the only way an intern will know what he or she is doing right, and where they might need improvement.

You should complete an evaluation form for the intern AND let them complete one about their experience. You may be able to revise and refine your internship based on the intern’s feedback.

The following suggestions will help you create an appropriate and meaningful evaluation process for your internship program.

Intern Evaluation
(completed by supervisor)

Rate the following areas on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being “excellent”:

Individual Enrichment

Quality of journal entries
Turned journal in on time
Completed reading assignments
Turned discussion points in on time
Attended at least two Museum events
Follows Museum’s policies & procedures
Ability to follow directions
Takes initiative when necessary

Museum Projects

Quality of work
Organizational skills
Met deadlines
Produced an adequate amount of work
Overall creativity
Problem solving ability
At the end of the evaluation form, address the intern’s specific strengths and areas for improvement. Be constructive in your criticism and offer suggestions for further development.

Internship Evaluation
(completed by intern)

Rate the following areas on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being “excellent”:

Internship Assignments

Value of reading assignments
Value of guided journal entries
Value of attending Museum events
Value of reference materials

Museum Projects

Projects were interesting
Volume of work was adequate
Received enough instruction for projects
Variety of project assignments
I gained the skills I hoped to learn


Knowledgeable about museum field
Provided necessary instructions
Helpful in problem solving


At the end of the evaluation, encourage the intern to write an additional comments, observations or suggestions about their internship experience.

You Should Also Read:
Staring an Internship Program
Internship Curriculum Suggestions
Journal Entries for Museum Interns

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