Case 2 – Business: Interns’ Last Day

4 Debriefing, Extensions, and Resources

Note: Debriefing is done in role either in groups or as a whole class

Interpersonal

  • Some of you may have received additional communications. Did you decide to disclose or not? Why?
  • Those of you who did not receive messages, how did you feel situated with your peers and/or the company?
  • Did these unexpected communications change the team’s dynamics?
  • As your group discussed possible courses of action, did you encounter any loyalty, transparency, honesty and/or ethical boundaries?
  • What personal/professional boundaries do you and your peers have? Are they similar or different? Do gender, age, race, sexual orientation or other personal factors play a role?
  • Did your relationship with your peers change? Did it become more or less collaborative? Did it become more competitive?
  • Where did power reside in your teams? Was it centralized or distributed?

Issues

  • What were the risks, individually or as a group, as a result of your conversation? Include potential threats to employment, reference letters, friendships, ethics, and physical.
  • Did your opinions of the boss change? Do you think that Chris abused their power? Would you still like to work for this company?
  • What assumptions were made from the brief messages received? Were actions planned based on these messages?
  • How did the messages change the positions of power between the employer and employees? How did the messages change the levels of comfort between different interns?

Additional Resources

Extensions

  • See scene “Exits and Entrances”, a series of videos on co-op placements by Mirror Theatre
    • Discuss the many interpersonal issues that may be encountered during an internship.

Assignments

The following suggestions could be undertaken either as a group or individually. They could be written as reflections, offered for discussion, or submitted as assignments for grading.

  1. What are the descriptors of a well-functioning team? What structural and personal characteristics can foster or impede a well-functioning team?
  2. Consider what factors make an employer desirable. In what ways would you be flexible to gain your dream job?
  3. How do you respond to someone in a position of authority who might be perceived as crossing a professional boundary? To whom do you speak? Do you pretend nothing has happened? Do you leave the organization?

Readings

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