• Three Best Practices for Internship Program Success

    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    February 20, 2013

    There are many “best practices” you can implement to strengthen your organization’s internship program, such as providing interns with real work assignments, offering relocation assistance, and enlisting your executives to make presentations to them. Following are three best practices you may not have considered:

    • Offer flex-time and/or other unusual work arrangements—On campus, students have different activities and a varied schedule each day. A regular working schedule may be an adjustment for them. However, a flexible schedule can make them feel less chained in by an unchanging routine. Other work arrangements to consider include keeping them on as part-time, remote employees after they go back to school, and having them come back to work over school breaks. These are excellent ways to keep communications open and build a stronger bond.
    • Invite career center staff and faculty to visit interns on site—Career center staff and faculty members tend to have few opportunities to visit employer work sites to see firsthand the types of experiences that their students are getting. By inviting them to your site, you will build a better working relationship with these groups, which can lead to more student referrals, enhanced campus visibility, and increased flexibility on their parts when your business needs dictate it.
    • Hold new-hire panels—New-hire panels allow an organization to showcase itself to interns as a great place to work. These panels include employees who were hired as new grads within the last three years. As panelists in a meeting of interns, they give a brief summary of their background and answer questions from the intern audience. Your interns get insight about your organization from your new hires—people who they perceive are like themselves and who they consequently view as credible sources of information.

Three Best Practices for Internship Program Success