Internship // During the Internship- Leadership Roles
Leadership Roles - Use It or Lose It

This activity allows students to identify leaders in their own lives and characteristics common to different kinds of leaders.

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

11

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

30

Resources

Instructions

Interview a person in an upper position at your worksite to discover how that person achieved his or her status and learned leadership skills.  

Research Questions:

  1. Identify the leaders and your internship company. List their name and position and why you consider that person a leader.

  2. Pick one of the leaders you identified to interview.  Ask for 10-15 minutes of his or her time.  If you have not been working with this person, introduce yourself and explain a little about the internship program.  Ask some of the following questions or make up your own:

    • What kinds of leadership responsibilities do you have?

    • When you took the job did you have confidence that you the skills to take on the leadership responsibilities?

    • If not, how did you learn these skills?

    • How do your co-workers express respect for your leadership?

Be sure to ask this question: How does a young person know when he or she is ready to take on a leadership role?

Teacher Notes

This lesson should come after Who Has Been a Leader in Your Life?, Leader of the Pact Activity, Why Is this Person Famous? (all or a combination of two of the three)

Assessment Notes

Completion of interview

Return to Career Readiness
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Leadership Roles Research Assignment

This activity allows students to identify leaders in their own lives and characteristics common to different kinds of leaders.

Leadership Roles- Reflection

This activity gives students an opportunity to reflect on their internship experiences and the key takeaways from related lessons, such as what skills, techniques, and concepts can be applied to college and future work.