After 9 years in the "booming" brazilian IT business, working with Big Data and related techs, I decided to take a government job.
After three months of work, I was cornered and couldn't refuse anymore to take up interns. I have part-time two math interns just out of their first year of college, both with no previous work experience, and both say they want to work here as long as possible (two years, by the college rules). Two more interns are on their way, these two not very motivated (they need a supervised internship to finish their graduation credit).
I never took the lead of a "team" so young and green, so my usual approach of explaining what the client expects, setting deadlines and waiting for the magic to happen isn't working. They hit brick walls often, client expectations aren't well defined (the place has lots of projects and no project manager), and deadlines are stuff of legend.
Question: Which mentoring\coaching resources should I study to be able to keep these interns motivated?