Interns are some of the best and brightest young minds out there on the job market. Interns are known for injecting new ideas, passion, and energy into businesses all while providing a training ground for new employees. Have you ever wondered how to attract the best and brightest from around the world to work for you company?
Every business is different and has its own unique set of needs; however, there are several factors involved in being sure that a company sets up an internship program that will attract great interns.
First, and foremost, your internship program must offer challenging work. By definition, an internship is an opportunity for an intern to learn on the job and take the skills he or she learns on to future employment. Work that includes: photocopying, filing, data entry and taking notes, no matter how big and impressive the company, is unlikely to attract many interns. A good internship, where interns are put on projects that can be included on a resume will go a long way towards attracting top notch talent. Be sure to describe the exciting and challenging work when you write the job description, and also expand upon it in the interview process.
Second, providing access to decision makers within a company and advertising this in the job posting will increase the chances of getting both more and better candidates applying for an internship. The more an intern can be involved in how a business actually runs by working side-by-side with decision makers – versus low level management; the more desirable the internship opportunity becomes.
And third, make your internship program an institution. You want to have an internship program that ultimately sells itself via word of mouth from past interns who have worked for your company and the schools and organizations from which they are a part of. By providing a challenging work environment and an opportunity for interns to work side-by-side with decision makers you are creating an excellent learning opportunity for the intern. But you must also provide the intern with networking opportunities, excellent references and opportunities for advancement in one’s career upon completion of a successful internship. By providing a well rounded internship opportunity you are going to create a legacy of interns and schools and organizations they belong to, who refer future “A” player interns to your company or organization.
By creating an internship program that provides an incredible learning opportunity for the intern, a business or organization will inevitably attract great interns. In turn, as the internship program grows and word gets out to both potential interns and the schools’ professors and career services centers that an internship with your company is one that the intern will learn and grow at, more interns will be scrambling for an opportunity to work with your business.
Simply following these strategies your company or organization will be able to go out and continually find interns from around the globe to help you grow your business or organization.
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