Attract top talent: How to write an engaging internship description

Internships in Rhode Island can be beneficial to both employees and employers. When it comes to the benefits employers receive from hiring good interns the positives outweigh the negatives.  Knowing as an employer what you expect from an intern and creating a  job description that expresses the these needs can make all the difference in finding the best intern for your company.

How To Create a Great Internship Description

Know what you want and need – As an employer you need to know what you are looking for in an intern before you start interviewing.  Decide on what duties the intern will do, which kind of educational opportunities you can provide them, and how heavy of a workload you will assign to them.  Knowing these things up front will help you find the right intern to meet your needs.  It will also help future interns decide whether they are willing and able to take on these specific tasks saving both your company and future interns from wasting valuable time.

Creating a Comprehensive List

Here are some elements employers will want to be clear on before advertising the internship. These elements will also be things you will want to place in the job description.

  • A descriptive position title.
  • Function and description of the specific department the intern will be working in.
  • The responsibilities and role of the intern including all jobs they may be assigned.
  • Skill and knowledge requirements.
  • A start and end date.
  • The times and days you will expect the intern to be present in the workplace.
  • Any opportunities you have to offer such as travel, benefits, education, etc.
  • The exact person or team that the intern will report to.

When an employer is creating a list of duties for an intern position they should be as specific as possible. From making copies to creating advertisements, by providing specifics you will be in a better spot to find an intern that is ready to work for, and explore the same type of opportunities you can offer.

How to Attract Interns that are Seeking Specific Opportunities

Provide the right opportunities – When an intern applies for a position they are looking to gain experience and gain knowledge in skills that will benefit their academic major and degree.  If you do not have the right match between opportunities you can offer, and what the intern needs, you will find that an intern may quickly become unmotivated, and you may find yourself worse off than if you were not to hire an intern at all. By letting intern candidates know what they seek to gain from giving their time to your company, you give them a clear idea of what they can expect to gain in both job skills and education.  Express this in the job description by stating a detailed learning objective.

 Additional ways your description may represent Internships in Rhode island for your company.

  • An intern job description may be the only method that potential candidates can get a feel for your organization and brand through.
  • Expectations can be set from the beginning if a description that describes the full requirements in as much detail as possible is provided.
  • A company’s internship job description should explain the culture of both the work environment and the type of student that will work well in the company.

Knowing what you expect from an intern and putting this knowledge into the internship job description will give you a better chance of finding the right intern to match your company’s needs.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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