What are some good ways to use interns?
There are several intern programs at local community colleges in my area. It would be great to have some help, but I am not sure if it is worth the time to train and mentor for a few months. What are some good ways to use interns to make it worth the effort.
First and Last very important point is to help interns for their goal and aim they want to be there in life. Then design your assist project insuch a way what could help them to live in dream of their choice and should help them for new job placements.
more one is offer them best attractive perk or Big dollar prize for performance best on grade wise.
It will help you to gather not only best output but also you can make your project for advance module an experiment can be done . Thanks
You can make them part of your employment scheme as trainee. If you find anyone worth you can retain them for employment. These trainees are too good to learn and earn scheme. It will benefit both the party..
Put them in the same group and use it for marketing or some kind of grassroots effort. Two birds, one stone.
Ms Samantha, you should remember that when we were interns somebody helped us !!! So give back to society by training and mentoring them in the areas that they need help and support. Its a good cause and you don't have to think twice at all. Florence MacDonald
If possible, see if the interns you select are pursuing a career in what you do. Second be a great teacher and a little cash always help. The mere word "intern" lets you know they may pursue other things in life. That's okay because you have done the same thing.
My answer is a lot less scientific than Andy's answer below, but worked reasonably well for me so far. Having hired a few interns myself before, I found, first and foremost, that I need to hire interns that are hungry to do what I can teach them. If it is just a job for them, my internships never worked out.
Secondly, I have them do what they would be doing should I employ them permanently, with some slack on complexity and time frames. It is no use I teach them "level 1 of 50 skills" in programming if I am going to employ them at "level 40 of 50 skills" jobs. Although I usually always start below "level 10" I never dwell long there.
Thirdly, what you have them do would depend on your industry. In mine, which is web development, I have some standard assignments that I give them to get them up to scratch, with an open door policy that states that they can come in any time with their laptop and ask me for assistance with the assignment, providing they have made an attempt. This way, I force them to think for themselves, and become better developers, as well as giving me a chance to continually gauge their progress over time.
I always try to have two interns at the same time, so that they can also help each other out.
Hope this helps!
I am a big proponent of interns. I have worked for various organizations & have always hired them & been able to have everyone in the organization utilize them. They actually offer a lot & can bring a different perspective to the table as well. It is a two-way street since they're to learn as well. Interns have answered phones, done research, data-entry, assist w/ staff mtgs, etc. Every semester I get a new group, from one to ten figure out what may work best for you.
We are a solo law practice. In my 6 years at the office, we have had 6 interns working on their paralegal degrees. Of those 6, we have hired 3. Most of them came with very little practical experience in the actual inter-workings of running a law office. Like many of the other responders, we spend about 2 weeks gearing them up to work on their own and then let them work through the challenges. We are always present to support them and answer questions and help them with new challenges. We are a small, busy practice that gives them exposure to criminal, family, juvenile and probate law, as well as client intakes and communication, as well as billing and accounts receivable. It's fantastic to watch them progress during the time that they spend with us. And it is rewarding to know that you have helped them to be better able to succeed in the "real world". Highly recommend having interns if you can make a commitment to helping them succeed in their career paths.
I am semi-retired now and not taking interns anymore, but during the mid-1980's to 2010 I took interns for my ad agency. Instead of using interns for "go-fers" I would actually let them create print and broadcast concepts, write headlines and body copy (or scripts or storyboards if broadcast) and if their work was good enough I would actually let them produce their work and use it in their portfolios as real world examples.
Consequently, the head of the University of Kentucky Internship program said that I had the most popular internship on campus. Advertising and Marketing major juniors and seniors clamored to be the first each semester (because I only took one or two per semester.)
Bottom line—letting the interns do the work allows them to promote themselves as having real world experience and that is priceless for a student.
It depends on your needs and requirements
For long term you may want to consider hiring virtual assistants
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