Perk Up Your Internship Program

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Language-school-834138_1920It may be winter now…but summer is never far away!

Summer is traditionally a time for bringing college students into the workplace as interns. The students gain valuable work experience, and employers get a chance to spot potential and recruit talent. 

To increase your chances of attracting the best interns and keeping them productive, try these tactics: 

  • Give them a discount. Offer interns your standard employee discount on any products you sell. They’ll enjoy the price break and maybe show off your merchandise to their friends. 
  • Get top management involved. Plan a lunch for your interns with top executives. Giving them an audience with company leaders will boost their morale and let your executives see interns’ potential for themselves. 
  • Establish a mentor program. Pair students with some of your best workers, who can offer them firsthand insights and real-world work knowledge. If you can’t offer a full-blown mentoring program, provide a valuable session on the importance of networking or career building. 
  • Include them in lighter side of work. Fun activities, such as a ballgame or company picnic, should be open to interns as well as full-time employees. This gives them a chance to socialize and network, and to see the lighter side of the workplace.