Yes, it’s that time of year again… when large corporations, startups and small businesses seek out qualified students eager to land an internship and reap some real-world experience. Whether your company has a formal internship program or you are contemplating hiring an intern for the first time, the experience can be a win-win for both the intern and the employer. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Internships.com found that 85% of employers said that hiring interns was a positive experience and 86% of students said that their experience as an intern was also positive.
To ensure your internship endeavor goes just as well, follow these tips for hiring and managing interns this summer:
- Visit the U.S. Department of Labor to familiarize yourself with The Fair Labor Standards Act so you know your limits regarding the work a paid vs. unpaid intern can be asked to do.
- Create a clear job description. Assess your company’s needs and get input from different departments about their intern expectations.
- Contact the career services departments at local colleges and universities for qualified candidates.
- Assign a mentor to the intern(s). Establish a direct contact so they know who to turn to with questions or concerns.
- Include the intern in company meetings; bring her along to sales calls and other industry events. Take her to an NAPW Local Chapter meeting and introduce her to your professional network.
- It’s important to give interns feedback, just be sure to ask for their comments as well. Then use this information to ensure your next internship experience is just as positive!