USAIntern.com gives tips on where to look for interns and how to prepare for one.
Online PR News – 02-June-2011 – New York, New York – According to Chanin Coyle, President of USAIntern, LLC (www.usaintern.com), an online leader in internship placement services throughout the United States, many companies understandably jump head first into the intern pool.
“Having the opportunity to get free help at the office is tough to resist,” Coyle says, “but getting the most out of having an intern can be a different story altogether.”
Coyle says that a company’s search for an intern should be the same as it would be for a full-time employee. The only difference is where you begin your search. A good place to start, she says, is at local colleges and universities.
“Career centers at schools often have internship programs for students,” Coyle explains. “This is a great venue to get publicity for your company and your open positions for interns.”
If your company does not officially post with a college, she says, you can reach out for contact information for professors in relevant fields.
“Businesses should also keep their eyes and ears open through networking,” Coyle says. “This is especially important for small firms who don’t have the same publicity as major corporations.”
In addition, Coyle notes that colleagues may also know candidates who could fit the bill and be an asset. She says that once you have found a solid candidate, conduct interviews, find out the prospect’s goals and background, and ask as many questions as possible, just as you would when looking to hire a paid employee.
“Never bring an intern into your company for the sake of having an intern,” says Coyle. “Set the intern up for success by describing what kind of company he or she will be working for and what part of the team he or she will be contributing to.”
Coyle says that companies should have a strategy in place to capitalize on the opportunity and should make it a prime opportunity for the intern to take a step in the right direction toward a career.
“Make it worthwhile for both parties by having a designated staff member supervise the intern’s day-to-day duties,” Coyle says, “and make it clear to the intern who they should report to and what is expected of them.”
These are just a few ways to ensure that you find the right intern for your company. For more advice, visit www.USAIntern.com and contact a USAIntern representative today.
Launched in 2005, USAIntern, LLC (www. USAIntern.com) was developed by students for students and now includes a databank of more than 2,000 employers and more than 20,000 registered students. The website’s mission is to assist both students and employers by helping companies develop quality internship programs, and to provide a quick and easy resource for students to find internships, externships, course credits and volunteer opportunities. From simple job and resume postings, to comprehensive candidate recommendations and screenings for employers, the company’s vast array of employers has included NFL Films, The National Constitution Center, U.S. Department of Justice, Special Olympics, Comcast and the American Bar Association, and many more. One of the only websites devoted entirely to internships, as well as one of the largest and most comprehensive, USAIntern.com offers both students and employers tools and resources to “find and be found.” For more information, visit www.USAIntern.com, call (856) 675-1288, or e-mail email@example.com.
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