I am concerned that I will fail my internship due to unusually high expectations from my manager. It could be due to the very polished impression I gave on my interview.
What steps should I take to better manage expectations and communicate to my coordinator at school to take the existing expectations into account when reviewing my internship so that I do not fail?
I'm currently on a paid internship with a large corporation. The internship is a mandated portion of my course and we are required to meet certain "scores" in our evaluations from our managers in order to "pass".
Prior to this I had approximately 8 months of entry-level coding experience with a small company in my home country (setting up the websites using templates, setting up databases etc.).
When interviewing for the internship I had prepared extensively, researched common questions on the programming language used at the company, looked into common exercises that this company uses at interview etc. and managed to sufficiently impress the interviewer (who is now my manager) that I was immediately offered the internship.
Unfortunately now I have started the actual internship it appears that they are expecting me to be able to perform tasks more suited to a developer rather than an intern, my assigned tasks appear to be of greater difficulty than my fellow interns' who are mainly tasked with learning things rather than producing output.
Now, coming to my main concern, we have a mid-term evaluation in which our program coordinator from school would go to the manager and get their feedback before passing this on in a meeting with us.
I've just had my meeting with my coordinator, which seemed to begin well. He talked about how stuff is going back in school, how was my relocation, how is the new city etc. and how the internship is going. I responded positively to all of this.
We are rated from 1 to 6. And, in order for you to pass the internship subject, you need at least 4. My coordinator fed back that my manager has rated me as 2.
Additional feedback coming from my manager is that he thinks I need to put extra efforts and learn some SQL, he would appreciate it if I can work an extra hour if possible or on weekends as he thinks I need to improve. He apparently also stated that I have only done bug-fixes so far.
Obviously I am very concerned at the possiblity of failing my internship and I am not sure on how best to proceed? I believe the problem may be that my manager has unrealistic expectations of my skill level and if I were held to the same expectations as the other interns that I would be able to cope.
I feel reluctant to approach anyone in the organization. My coordinator/college will believe these managers first than the students as they need to think about the future students' placements as well and this company takes numbers of students from our college.