Friday, June 17, 2016

Can an internship program help your business?

How many of us started our professional careers while we were still in college, with an internship?  A good internship program can help build not only start college students out on the right path, with experience and knowledge the second they toss their hats int he air.  It can help businesses, especially those looking to add employees, without making a long-term commitment.  It also lets businesses train new employees in their own processes and procedures, in less time than it would take to re-train someone with more experience.

Internships can also be a disaster.  You've probably seen at least one movie, where the interns are basically getting coffee for their managers, making copies, changing out the toilet paper in the bathrooms and generally just being go-fers.  In other cases, the company hasn't planned well enough, so the interns are sitting around with nothing to do, bugging their managers and getting into things they shouldn't.

How can you prevent the disaster and build a great internship program that'll benefit everyone?  It's simple - analysis and planning.

One company in Austin, Texas, a large-form printing company, decided they needed to increase their staff, but, because their printing is not the typical printing company, hiring experienced employees would mean they would need re-training before they could be effective.  Instead, they opted for an internship program.  How would they do it?  They called me.

We started by going over their company operations and what they were looking for as an end result.  From there, we looked at how they would train the interns, how many hours, who would be responsible and how they would measure the success of each intern.  From there, we developed their in-depth internship program.

The result?  Six interns started the program.  Two were released after their first segment, because they weren't able to keep to their schedules and were lackadaisical about their attendance and work.  Two were hired and have continued to make progress in their respective areas of work.  The remaining two were given excellent references and referrals to companies that could use their skills.

Want to know more about how the internship program worked and what's required of a company hosting an internship program?  Get my free white paper:  "How To Build A Successful Internship Program" here, along with previous white papers.