Tips for Fellowship Hosts
Make adjustments when things are not working or when opportunities arise.
- Connect with the fellows before they arrive.
- Create a small, high impact deliverable that can be completed in 4 weeks
- Be ready to welcome and orient them on their first day
- Talk through the experience with them.
- Set clear expectations. Understand their hopes and learning goals
- Address problems--don’t just ride it out
- Conduct an exit interview. This is an excellent opportunity to provide useful feedback and learn from their outside perspective.
Some additional tips from past hosts:
- “As an office, we need to decide what the fellow can help us with each day before programming.
- “Make sure the fellow has a chance to meet with all offices in the organization and learn about the breadth of its work”
- “Expose them to as much as you can!
- “If you have a project for your fellow, communicate about it before he or she comes to your site. The project I gave my fellow was too simple because I didn't have a good idea about the level of his computer skills.”
- “It helps to have a concrete project to work on together”
- “Develop a learning plan with fellow day 1 and relate it back to their post-fellowship project. Get to know their preferred working environment prior to arrival.”
- “It is helpful to have adequate time before a fellow starts to put together specific tasks with a beginning and an end date that can be given to them.”
- “Ask the fellow what they want to learn from the organization for the fellowship.”
- “Let the fellows have ownership of a project and not just act as support to a project.
- “Have several meetings with them in advance to co-develop their scope of work and learning plan.”