HOW TO SETUP A SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?

What's your first step? What's your next step? How do you know if your company can handle an internship program?

An internship is a program offered by an employer that provides students & potential employees with work experience. Internships are typically targeted towards students, who work between three-and-six months at their chosen organization to gain practical on-the-job or research experience.

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WHY EMPLOY THE SERVICES OF AN INTERN?

As an employer, if you have particular issues, projects and/or assignments within your organisation that require attention, but you and/or your staff do not have enough time to take the necessary action, then an intern may provide you with an ideal solution, for the following reasons:

  • An intern is able to fully focus on the specific practical assignment and/or research requirement in question, whereby he/she will be able to deliver a result in a relevantly short timeframe, which is of added benefit to an organisation.

  • Typically, a student has a fresh outlook in terms of the organisation and its working methods and he/she will view the whole from a different perspective. As an employer, this may provide you with new insights.

  • An intern is armed with good qualifications, is highly educated and is ready and motivated to gain working experience. Thereby, an intern can provide you with a suitable solution for a temporary staffing requirement.

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INTERNSHIP PROGRAM TIPS

1. Survey your company, asking departments if they want interns, what skill sets, and what job interns could do. Ensure there is a certain need for filling this job;

2. Appoint a person in charge in the company who will be able to guide the Intern and who is in charge for evaluations on each intern's performance;

 

3.  Prepare a job description including responsibilities, tasks and the person to report to; 

4. Make sure that you make time for conducting an interview with the intern;

5. Arrange for the Intern mentor to meet with our team & the intern on the first day and discuss expectations and outcomes on both sides;

6. Involve the intern in daily activities and meetings to get an overview of how the organization is run;

7. Ensure that the intern has a desk and proper supplies so he/she can begin productive work immediately. 

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