Summer is fast approaching. Are you preparing to bring a student intern on to your team this summer? While internships can be held year-round, more students seek out internships during the summer when they have less commitments than during the school year. Interns can bring an infusion of energy, creativity, and outside perspective to your organization. A successful internship, however, requires an investment of time and energy. Here are some tips to help find the best matched interns for your organization.
- Get more applicants. Develop a job description using language, tone and font that will speak to college-aged students.
- Be prepared not to hire. If a candidate isn’t the right match, don’t force it. For small organizations, an ill-made match can be especially taxing on already over-committed management staff.
- Have an orientation/welcome letter. It helps professionalize the arrangement and communicates the tone and brand of the organization.
- Decide how much autonomy you want to give. If you have a specific outcome you are seeking or are teaching the intern a new skill regular check-ins will help ensure they are working on a product that meet your expectations.
- Follow the law. If you intend to offer an unpaid internship or a stipend that’s below minimal hourly wages, be sure to review the personnel laws surrounding unpaid internships and stipends: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm
For additional tips on developing an internship program at your organization, and for a template orientation letter, Spokes Members can access our Internship Hiring Toolkit here.