Running a summer internship program can be a rewarding, mutually beneficial experience. Your organization gets the benefit of a talented young mind and your summer intern gains knowledge and experience about your industry. However, there are a number of important things to remember before you start advertising an internship program for your company. In order to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible, it is recommended that you spend some quality time structuring your program in advance.
So, where you do you start?
Here are a few tips to help your plan a summer internship program.
1. Decide what type of program you will run and stick to it.
Summer internship programs come in all shapes and sizes. Before you begin looking for interns you’ll need to decide what type of program you will offer so there won’t be any confusion about the terms of your internship agreement. Are you looking for full-time or part-time interns? Will you provide compensation, or will this be an unpaid internship? What will the length of the internship be?
2. Plan out your pre screening/interview process
Summer internships can be a great learning experience for students and young professionals. With that said, the experience is much more valuable when an intern is placed within a work environment where they can bring their existing skills to the table (as well as gain new ones). To make sure your summer internship program benefits both you and your intern, an organized pre screening and interview process is required. During your interview, take the time to really get to know your prospective interns. Find out what their career aspirations are and what skills they will bring to your workplace.
3. Make a project schedule
Once you’ve hired your summer intern(s), it is time to make a preliminary schedule for which projects you anticipate will be assigned to your intern(s). Obviously you may add or subtract tasks from this list as the summer progresses, but having a general overview of projects for your intern(s) will keep them on task, as well as help you better delegate work to them as you see fit.
For more information on how to run a great summer internship program, Contact PrideStaff North Atlanta. As staffing experts, we are happy to give you some additional direction on structuring a summer internship program for your company.