The future of business lies in the next generation. It always has and it always will. So companies must take sufficient time and resources to teach and lead these individuals in preparation for their merging with the current workforce, and eventually, taking over and ruling the business world!
Okay, maybe that is going a bit far, but companies certainly do want to access and train their future workforce early. One way to do this is through the use of interns.
Sean Storin, CEO of OneDegree, states, “Gone are the days when an internship meant 10-hour shifts full of making copies, fetching coffees, and general grunt work. Today, an internship can be a prestigious position.”
“Any size company, even a solo entrepreneur, can benefit from creating and launching a quality internship program,” states Marc A. Scoleri, CEO of Creative Village, LLC. He adds, “The benefits quickly outweigh the initial time investment it takes to create a quality internship program.”
Scoleri works with the Quickstart Internship System, a unique and innovative solution to designing an internship program that is specific to your business. The program is fully customizable and walks the HR manager through the step-by-step process of defining and instituting a complete and effective internship program.
The Quickstart Internship System takes into account the your objectives, providing direction, goals, and outlines for facilitating the program. A formal written program includes a recruiting plan to develop talent pipeline relations, an intern manual or welcome packet, job descriptions with learning exercises, agreements with internship program expectations, and time logs and other academic credit considerations. The Quickstart Internship Systems helps you to identify one person to be the manager or coordinator for the program, offering support for that individual. Additionally, the system offers a complete process, including on-boarding and orientation, assessments, and exit interviews, as well as evaluations for continued improvement of the internship program and legal considerations.
One of the most important aspects of an internship program is its ability to teach interns aspects of the company. This is benefit on both sides of the equation: for the student and the organization. “Ultimately, learning exercises should add new skills to the intern’s resume and give them a better understanding of their industry,” says Scoleri.
The Quickstart Internship System centers on this learning component, forcing organizations to think of internships beyond the concept of cheap labor. Storin points out, “This is an up-close view of future talent. It is also a way to determine the potential of an employee and gauge compatibility to your organization’s culture. Working in and amongst your employees provides invaluable insight. It can be considered a lengthy interview with productivity thrown in as a bonus; a valuable upside for an employer.”
The Quickstart Internship System is an all-in-one, do-it-yourself system that costs $195 to download and includes a free personalized consultation with Scoleri. However, HR & Talent Management members should use promo code HRTMEXEC to receive a 10% discount.
The download price includes:
- Sample offer letters for paid, for-credit, and unpaid internship programs
- Intern evaluations
- Program evaluations
- Welcome packet structure
- Recruiting resources
Take your internship program seriously and begin filling the pipeline of future talent through college students who are ready to learn the functions and processes today for a permanent position within your organization tomorrow.
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