What do interns mean to your business? Each company views their interns differently and each intern is never the same as the last. It’s important to remember when offering internships, and throughout the whole program, those interns are real students and are likely wondering, ”Am I going to get that real-world experience and exposure, or am I going to get stuck filing papers and doing coffee runs for the duration of my summer?”Explore the why and how of your failing #internship program and see how @Oleeo_’s steps to success can turn it around: Tweet This!
While some companies are prepared to teach their interns and let them in on those real-world projects, other businesses fail to seek out tasks and projects their interns can actually learn from. A major faux pas when it comes to internship programs is busy work. While some may think this is okay, it can create a sense that the company was never actually prepared for the interns. How can you prevent this from happening through the program?
Some processes or protocols throughout your day are likely second nature by now, but this is not the case for interns who likely have no beforehand experience. The pivotal point to hosting a successful internship program is to NEVER to assume they have prior knowledge, unless they specifically tell you. This is a learning experience for them; it’s their first jump into the working world!
If you throw a whole slew of information to them it's overwhelming and intimidating. They will not be successful or beneficial to you if you don’t properly explain and guide them throughout the program. How can you tell if you intern knows more or less than you think? Try implementing these steps into your program to grasp a better understanding of your interns:
Mentoring your intern is crucial for their learning, exposure and overall experience. While you may be their supervisor, they aren’t your personal coffee running, paper filing, desk organizing assistant. Internships are meant to offer insight into the working world, skill building, career development and academic growth. That’s a lot to take in for a student, but they are willing to put in the work to gain that experience...with the help and guidance of a mentor. How do you know if you are really mentoring or just dictating tasks? Take a look at these mentoring tips:
Whether your internship program is brand new, or you’re looking to make some improvements, our Ultimate Guide to Navigating Internship Programs in Your Organization will help you through each step from getting others in your company on-board to the sign-off process when it’s time to say goodbye to your interns for the semester. Download your copy today!