Summer is here. How’s your internship program going?
Wait, what? You don’t have one? Well, maybe you can still pull something off this year – but at the very least, think ahead to 2019 and the future, when a summer internship could be a win-win-win situation: You could benefit your company. You could benefit your community. And last but not least, you could make a real difference in the life of a student who’s considering your organization or industry for their future career path.
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According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):
- More than two-thirds of students who interned at companies were eventually offered full-time positions.
- Close to 84 percent of these offers were accepted.
- More than 35 percent of employers’ full-time entry-level hires came from internship programs.
As you manage your workforce to achieve immediate objectives and find new team members for the future, an internship program can help you reach both goals.
Tips and Benefits
If you’ve been thinking of offering a summer internship program – or want to improve the one you already have – here are some tips, ideas and benefits:
- It’s a year-round recruiting tool. An internship program is a pipeline to future high-performing full-time hires. If you appeal to members of tomorrow’s workforce today, all you’ll have to do when the time comes to hire is select from the cream of the crop. And college campuses are viral societies. If you impress one class of interns, word will spread like wildfire and other sought-after talent will have your company top of mind.
- Give back to the community. Hiring interns not only helps students in your community get started on their careers, it also enhances the local workforce as a whole. Students who participate in your program gain invaluable experience, build their skills, make connections, learn about their fields, and assess their interests and abilities.
- Embrace social media. Use your company website and social media to spread the word about your internship program. Your online presence is a key to building your employer brand.
- Improve your training strategy. To help your interns start off on the right foot, you may want to make your training and onboarding programs more comprehensive and robust. In the long run, everybody benefits, not just interns.
- Increase productivity. The extra sets of hands provided by interns help your full-time employees to be more productive, as they are freed up to accomplish creative tasks where higher-level thinking and planning are required.
Need guidance in formulating or optimizing your internship program?
Contact the staffing and workforce development experts at Frontline Source Group today. We’ll customize a strategy that works for you – now, next year, and for the long-term success of your business.
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Published on Jul 25, 2018