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Employer’s Guide to Developing a Successful Internship

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Transcript of Employer’s Guide to Developing a Successful Internship

Evaluating Internship Program
Why Offer an Internship?
Win the Talent War
77% of employers use internships to recruit new hires (NACE)

Employer’s Guide to Developing a Successful Internship
Benefits of Starting an Internship Program

Find future employees
Test-drive the talent
Increase productivity
Increase employee-retention rate
Enhance perspective
Give back to the community
Support students
Benefit your small business

Types of Internship Programs
Summer Interns

Multi-year or Semester Interns

Job Shadowing

Telecommuting Interns

Conversion Rate

Retention Rate

Performance Review

Student Evaluation

Manager and/or Mentor Evaluation

Mary Ritter Heitkemper, Director
Chris Ryman, Internship Manager
Vicki Hucke, Internship Connection Coordinator

Paid Internships
Paying an intern (even minimum wage) avoids risk

Wages create ownership in the program by both the business and intern

Advertising paid internships will likely:
increase interest in the position
boost your potential candidate pool
attract the most qualified & talented applicants

How Colleges Will Help You Set Up Your Internship
Develop objectives of internship

Help with job description specifically tailored for college students

Post on ZagTrax.net

Monitor posting for desired results

Develop targeted marketing

Advise employer and intern on steps to take to earn academic credit
Find the Right Candidate
Write interesting job description to engage students

Choose a title that resonates with this generation

Clearly state opportunities for student learning

Give complete details of all the logistics: pay, hours, length, start & end date, & duties,

Onboarding Tips & Tools
Alert intern to HR policies

Welcome your intern and introduce them throughout organization

Provide an Internship Agreement and orientation checklist

Give complete information about work assignments and supervision

Share most basic professional knowledge with students
Connect with Gonzaga University

Post and market internships and jobs on our “ZagTrax” site

Join us for a Career & Internship Fair

Attend the Seattle Trek Career Fair

Recruit on-campus
Career & Professional Development Contact:

Mary Ritter Heitkemper
Director
heitkemper@gonzaga.edu
509.313.4231

Chris Ryman
Internship Manager
ryman@gonzaga.edu
509.313.4092

Vicki Hucke
Internship Connection Coordinator
hucke@gonzaga.edu
509.313.4021


Most Important Attributes Students Look For In An Internship
What does your organization hope to achieve from the program?
Are you looking to fulfill a need on a specific project? Or several smaller projects?
Are you growing quickly, or having difficulty finding motivated new employees?
How can you frame your internship program to locate and develop management talent?

Factors to consider
What does your organization hope to achieve from the program?

Are you looking to fulfill a need on a specific project? Or several smaller projects?

Are you growing quickly, or having difficulty finding motivated new employees?

How can you frame your internship program to locate and develop management talent?

D. Michael Reilly, Shareholder
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