February 20, 2019 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, internships, nace insights
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
For employers, the primary purpose of investing time and resources in an internship program is to evaluate recruits for full-time employment and then to convert high-performing interns into full-time employees.
With this goal in mind, an intern survey is a valuable tool. It allows the employer to get a sense of the quality of the intern’s experience during an internship. This includes identifying potential problems that could prevent conversion from occurring, such as providing poor supervision, assigning work that either does not challenge or goes well beyond the capabilities of the intern, not offering adequate professional development opportunities, and more.
Following are several suggestions from members of the NACE Research Department for getting the most out of your organization’s intern surveys so you can properly assess your internship program from your interns’ perspective:
Using surveys to assess your company’s internship program can inform decisions that can improve the program and your company’s conversion rate. The surveys also help interns feel like their views are important to your company and that they can contribute to its success.
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