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The Careerist: Ramping Up Your Intern Program

LearnAlyssa Davis
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

"The very first thing I tell every intern on the first day is that their internship exists solely on their resume. As far as I am concerned, they are a full-time member of my team. For all the negative stereotypes about millennials, you would be astounded by how hard they work when they believe their contribution matters.” – Jay Samit

Interning 101

It’s National Intern Day! Don't overlook your interns. Use their skills and knowledge (as they are still in the learning mindset) to your company's advantage. How to make the most of your intern program here:

  • Include them. Don't write them off as a temp employee. Invest in your interns and they will be more likely to invest in your company. They also have access to a network of people who are (or will soon be) fresh to the job market. Having someone you've worked with to refer new talent is an excellent way to grow your team. Let them sit in on your Lunch and Learns or team meetings when appropriate. Invite them to company outings and include them in celebrating your wins.

  • Listen to them. Interns are not bottom of the food chain workers – they have important and relevant feedback as they come from a different point in their career and usually a different generation. Their feedback can bring a new perspective to a project or pitch.

  • Coach them. You have hired them to do more than make copies and go on Starbucks runs. Teach them how to do projects that have some room for error and give them relevant feedback so they can grow. Making the most out of your interns is about taking some time to review the basics so that you can lay the groundwork for a successful career ahead of them (and maybe even at your company).