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Some site supervisors share that getting started can be the hardest part!  Here are some good things to keep in mind as you begin the process:

  • Set a good initial tone; be open & engaging
  • Identify and share what you are each looking to gain from the relationship (broad goals)
  • Challenge each other’s assumptions about the process
  • Build trust
  • Go over expectations and ground rules:
    • Discuss what happens if rules are not followed
    • How you will hold each other accountable
    • Process (scheduling hours & type of work)
  • Go over the mission of your office and how the student can play a role in that mission
  • Share how you think the student will benefit from your office, and how the office will benefit from your student

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Do you have any great ways to get to know your site students? We'd love to hear about it! Contact the Assistant Director of Educational Programs at Thanks!


For more ideas or questions, contact your Civic Learning Coordinator.

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