Why Host an Intern?
Internship programs are an ideal way to build your brand with Pomona College students. At a small college, students find out about many opportunities through word-of-mouth. Having a student on campus that is telling his/her friends about their great experience working with your organization is a great way to build a pipeline of top talent. Additionally, internships give students hands-on work experience while allowing organizations to meet staffing needs.
Internships benefit not only the intern, but also the sponsoring organization by allowing the sponsor to:
benefit from creative, bright and highly motivated students.
Employer benefits include:
- Having projects completed that full-time staff are not able to fit in their already packed schedules
- Identifying high caliber candidates for future openings
- Hearing new and fresh perspectives
Internship Supervisors should:
Provide substantive projects and tasks that will develop professional skills (i.e. marketing, data analysis, etc.) beyond administrative tasks. Long-term, on-going project/tasks would be preferable as opposed to multiple short-term projects/tasks.
- Regularly supervise and at times, train interns when necessary.
- Provide at least 48 hour notice of schedule changes (so interns can make the necessary transportation arrangements)
- Involve interns in the life of the organization (i.e. attending staff meetings, special outreach events) based upon intern’s availability and interests.
- Provide insights about the industry through informal conversations and interactions (i.e. job searching strategies for the entertainment industry)
- Offer feedback on the intern’s performance
To get started on creating an internship program, check with your human resources department for any guidelines.
To learn more, email Marcela Rojas or call 909.607.7904.