Chief Recruitment Consultant And HeadHunter
About Ashi Ilyas
Why Hire Interns?
It is clear that students gain a great deal from working as interns. In today's tight job market, internships have rapidly become a prerequisite for many full-time positions.
Simple as it may sound, advance planning is the key to a successful internship program. Hiring an intern only to have that person sit idle, waiting for someone to assign a project, is not productive for either you or the student. Don't approach your internship program as an afterthought. Rather, consider it an important element of your staffing plan. There are many sources of information available to help you in the initial phases of developing an internship program.
Designing Your Program
Work with the supervising manager to create a job description. Describe your organization and outline duties or projects associated with the internship. Determine the particulars. Map out the length and timing of the internship experience (i.e. summer, fall, or spring, and the number of weeks), working hours (part-time or full-time), applicant selection criteria, and compensation. Select a direct supervisor for each intern. This person should be responsible for assigning projects, working with the intern to provide on-the-job training, answering questions and offering regular performance reviews. The supervisor should be available and accessible to the intern either through scheduled meetings or through an "open-door" policy. Develop specific projects and assignments.