A placement undergraduate can bring your company youthful perspective and someone eager to learn.
But the process of finding, training and overseeing a student can seem overwhelming. A few simple steps can ensure that you make the most of your time and your interns, possibly creating a future employee.
Build relationships to find new interns. Joanna Kinsman, owner of Miss Kinsman Swimwear, says searching for an intern seemed like a full-time job. She felt her small start-up was ignored by internship programs at large universities and she set her sights on smaller boutique schools. Kinsman says this allowed her to forge relationships with internship coordinators who understood her needs and could play matchmaker when the right student comes along.
Set the stage. Once you’ve hired an intern you must establish expectations. Let your interns know how their performance will be evaluated, how they will be paid, and who they can go to with concerns.
Have a plan. The average small business owner doesn’t have a robust education program set up for employees much less interns.
Keep them interested. Once interns understand your corporate culture, they can be turned into great employees.
Keep connected. When the internship ends, don’t lose touch. Most companies don’t hire their interns, according to a 2012 study by research firm Millenial Branding, and this practice can waste precious company time. When interns live locally, invite them to company gatherings such as happy hours and holiday parties. Give strong candidates an opportunity to freelance for you so your company stays top of mind. And stay connected through social media in case a full-time position opens up. There’s no reason to let a candidate you trained work for a competitor.
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The best way to FIND your next intern is through Placement UK. The rest is down to you…