Every summer, your company takes on college interns to give them a sense of what it's like to have a career. And while it's a great learning opportunities for the summer interns, there is still a need to get work done efficiently. Ensure that you're getting the most out of your summer interns by following this guide.
Choose the right interns. You'll have the best chance of getting the most of your summer intern by putting a lot of thought into your intern selection. Look for people that you would considering hiring full time at your company. Find students who specialize in the right areas of expertise. Search schools that have programs in these areas, and then send emails to professors asking for recommendations. Take the time to contact career services at local college and universities as well to ensure that you find the intern candidates that meet your requirements. You may also want to attend career fairs to find a summer intern so that you can meet the candidates face to face before deciding. In your job postings, state your need for high-quality workers that posses the knowledge you need, and have a drive to succeed. This should help you weed out the bad candidates.
Give the intern a reason to excel. If you want to get the most out of your summer interns, make it a rewarding experience for the interns. Give them a reason to want to do well. Provide incentive programs. Create a friendly competition that will push summer interns to bring more success to your business. Give the interns projects that have specific goals so that they are aware of the expectations of them. And make sure the summer interns have deadlines to meet and targets to aim for. If you treat a summer intern like a regular employer, you'll get more out of them.
Take advantage of the intern's skills. Every intern will bring different experiences to your company. Get the most out of your summer interns by placing interns in departments that they can best succeed in. Draw on their areas of expertise and interest so that they can find more success in their internship placement. Later on, you may wish to transfer an intern to a different department so that he or she can get a broader sense of how your company works. But try to start each intern in an area he or she has interest and experience in.
You can get more out of your summer interns by finding the best workers with the propensity to succeed. There are lots of young and determined college students who can make a positive impact on your company over the summer. And who knows? They just might have what it takes to be your next full time employee.