Internships are a BOON to the organization and to the Interns themselves – YET why are they are a complete “loss” ?

  1. People Hire Interns for the wrong reasons
  2. People do not spend defining “what the Intern should do” and “how to do it”
  3. People do not define GOALS and ROLES for the Interns
  4. People are ambiguous about the roles which interns should do
  5. Interns come into companies for just a certificate
  6. Interns look at companies just as a ‘value add to their profile’s – and don’t think that they can be absorbed by the same company. Hence their seriousness is low.

Hiring Right Interns – “Rightly”!

  • Define a set of roles in your company for which an Intern can work
  • Define the kind of interns who would suit the role
  • Define clearly what you would offer the intern – stipend or not? If only certificate – then be very specific
  • Define timelines during which the intern shall work
  • Define rules and regulations for the working of Interns – including items like leave, absenteeism etc
  • Define a proper Performance Appraisal System for Interns
  • Define PPOs (pre placement offers) for interns
  • Define the hiring process

You ALSO need to keep away from biases while finding Interns:

  1. Gender bias – one gender is better at a job than the other
  2. Age bias – we never think of old people as being interns
  3. Educational background as a bias – we don’t look at performance and the right fit – we look at the right college

Steer clear!

And now you are ready to go!

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