Tips for Preparing Your Internship Presentation

The internship presentation is a public presentation of your internship report.  It provides you with an opportunity to “show off” all you have learned through this experience and the related review of literature.

The following table provides an overview of the environment of the presentation as well as tips on how to prepare for it.

Key Participants in the Internship Presentation
  • Chair, the person who moderates the meeting.  This primary responsibility of the Chair is to introduce you, moderate the question-and-answer period, and make sure everything runs on time.  If anyone goes beyond his or her allotted time, th Chair gently mentions this.
  • Readers, two faculty members who review your report and assess its academic quality.
  • Supervisor, who has worked with you throughout the internship to ensure that it is successful.
  • Others, usually other students who want to learn about the internship experience and see an example of an internship report
  • You
Agenda of the Presentation (If You Are the Only Student Presenting) 0:00 – 0:05    Chair of the session (either the supervisor or a faculty member who is not a reader, chosen by the supervisor) introduces the session and describes responsibilities.
0:05 – 0:25    Your presentation.
0:25 – 0:45    Questions and comments about the report. The chair moderates this part of the session.
0:45 – 1:05    Chair invites you to leave the room. Leave your belongings in the room; do not go far away.
1:05 – 1:15    The Committee invites you back into the room and provides follow-up instructions.
Agenda of the Presentation (If Two or More Students Present) 0:00 – 0:05    Chair of the session (either the supervisor or a faculty member who is not a reader, chosen by the supervisor) introduces the session and describes responsibilities.
0:05 – 0:20    Your presentation.
0:20 – 0:40    Questions and comments about the report. The chair moderates this part of the session.
0:40 – 0:45    Chair invites you to leave the room. Leave your belongings in the room; do not go far away.
0:45 – 0:50    The Committee invites you back into the room and provides follow-up instructions.
(Note that the agenda might be slightly modified from this, depending on the number of students presenting.)
Preparing Slides for Your Presentation To make sure that the amount of information that you have to present matches the amount of time allotted, limit yourself to no more than 12 slides. Following is a suggestion of the topics of each slide:

Slide Topic Description
1 Title Include the following information:

  • Title of your presentation, which should match the title of your written report
  • Your Name
  • Date of the presentation
  • (Optional) Information about the organization where you interned, such as the logo
2 Agenda List the agenda for the presentation.Typically, the items in the agenda should correspond to the chapters in your written report, plus “Discussion and questions.” An example of an agenda is:

  • About the internship
  • Literature review
  • Details of the internship project
  • Lessons learned
  • Suggestions
  • Discussion and questions
3 About the internship List the following (be as brief as possible):

  • Name of the company
  • Job title or role (either the actual title or a brief description (no more than 5 words)
  • Location of the organization
  • Supervisor
  • Names of the major project(s) to which you were assigned
  • Other key details
4 Literature review (May take as many as 2 slides.)Name the key insights (between three and seven) learned from the literature and provide brief citations (author, year) of the sources that provided these insights two you
5 About of the internship project(s) (May take more than 1 slide. Present each major project on a separate slide.)Include the following information on the slide about a project:

  • Final work product.
  • Process used to create the deliverable (just list the key milestones).
  • Key challenges faced (in your oral report, state how you addressed them but you need not list the solution on the slide).

If you want to show a sample screen or slide of the project, please do so. This may require an additional slide.

6 Lessons Learned Name the key lessons learned in the internship. Just write the one-sentence lesson; use your oral presentation to provide details. (This may require 2 slides.)
7 Suggestions Provide the highlights of the suggestions, in the following order (you should have at least one suggestion in each category):

  • For the host organization
  • For the Educational Technology program
  • For future interns
8 Discussion and questions Use a graphic to communicate this message.

 

Watch Time There are two time issues related to the internship presentation:

  • Making sure everyone shows up promptly at the scheduled start time. To increase the likelihood that this will happen, send out a reminder note 1 to 2 business days before the presentation to all readers.
  • Keeping within the time limit of the presentation. So that the faculty has enough time for questions and deliberations, the formal presentation may not exceed 20 minutes. (Remember, the presentation only needs to provide a summary of the report; all of the readers have read your presentation.)
Rehearse The best way to make sure that you’re comfortable with your presentation is to be familiar with it.And the best way to become familiar with it is to rehearse it in advance.Consider two rehearsals: one in front of a mirror, the other in front of a “friendly” audience (that is, someone who makes you feel comfortable). During the rehearsal, watch the following:

  • Time. Can you complete the presentation in the given amount of time? If not, cut some out. If you have too much time, perhaps you need to add some material.
  • Visuals. Can they be easily seen from the back of the room? If not, perhaps you have too much content on them and need to reduce them.
  • Platform skills. Make sure that you vary your voice, make effective use of your hands, and make eye contact with the audience.
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