As we mentioned, an internship program is a great way for employers to tap into the future emerging workforce without making any unnecessary sacrifices that usually come with hiring students looking for part-time work.
Not only that, but internships are also a great benefit for candidates, especially students looking to “test the waters” as they prepare for their professional career.
In short, internships can be a win-win situation, but only if you put in the effort. Today, we are going to give you some tips on how you make the most out of your internships. Take a look below:
Have an actual program. Don’t wing it on your internships. Having a formal policy with a staff or coordinator to enforce it will help to guarantee that your internship program won’t be abused by the employees or the interns. This helps to prevent any unwanted legal repercussions that have plagued internships in recent years, as well as prevent the program from wasting the company’s and the candidate’s time.
- Make it an authentic experience. The purpose of an internship is for your interns to gain insight as to how your company functions, so it only makes sense that you give them the real experience. Leave the grunt work out of the program and make sure that the interns will actually benefit and learn something new.
- They’re interns, not employees. Along with an authentic experience, you have to make sure it is a learning experience. Remember, they aren’t getting the same benefits as your employees so you need to reward them with a different set of benefits such as feedback, a chance to progress and learn, and hopefully a new set a skills. Always keep in mind that their goals are much different than your employees’, and make sure your program is adequately meeting them.
- Think long-term. While internships may be short-term, you always have to have a long-term goal in mind. One of the great advantages of an internship program is that you have an opportunity to introduce these interns to your company’s culture. As such, you should always treat your interns as potential candidates and hopefully, your efforts may actually pay off when it comes time to hiring them.