Each summer, a new group of fresh-faced, eager and energetic interns take over company cubicles and break rooms. Here are six tips to ensure greater success with your internship program this summer: 1. Make mentoring interns a priority Helpful mentors are often the key to a successful internship program.
Helpful mentors are often the key to a successful internship program. Stranding your intern without a point person isn’t fair to the intern, and isn’t productive for your company either. Make sure each intern has at least one person that they can turn to with any questions.
For this to work, each mentor must be aware of the expectations for the job. Estimate how many hours per week should be dedicated to working with the intern, and reassign the mentor’s other workload if needed. This way, your employees will truly feel like the intern program is a priority, and won’t try to hide each time the intern needs help.
At the end of the summer, interns should have completed a major project that adds value to your company and can be added to their resume. Keep in mind that the millennial generation wants to dive right in with a challenging and meaningful project (they’re less apt to “pay their dues” than prior generations).
Internships are learning experiences and there’s probably no one more eager to grow and learn than your millennial intern. Many internship programs include a structured performance review at the mid-point and at the end of the summer. While these formal reviews can be helpful, the overwhelming majority of millennials prefer real-time feedback so they can adapt and learn as they go forward.
For this reason, you’ll need to give your interns both praise and constructive feedback throughout the summer. You can institute weekly check-ins, so interns always know where they stand, what they’re doing well and what they need to improve. More importantly, a simple “thank you,” “nice job,” or honest feedback on the spot can make all the difference for motivating interns. See more…