Writing your best internship profile

Internship PostingThe objective of an internship posting is to entice the right intern to apply for the position at your company. A lackluster internship profile can greatly decrease your chances of finding the right intern for the job. Writing a description for your company’s internship program should not be taken lightly or done in a rush. Simply listing duties and hours doesn’t give a potential intern all of the necessary information about the company, position, or what the future may hold. Attract top notch interns with the right profile. The more direct information that you can provide about the program and your organization can help to identify who should and shouldn’t apply for the position.

Here are a few tips on how to write the best internship profile for your company.

Company Breakdown

Let your readers know a little background information about the company in the profile. Provide things like the mission statement and goals of the organization. You can even tell prospective candidates about the company culture and what each day in the life is like to allow your readers to determine if this company will be a good fit for their personality. Leaving out this crucial information may lead to someone rejecting the opportunity to work with the company later in the hiring process. Don’t waste time on candidates who don’t see a short or long term future with your company.

Duties/Tasks

Give a quick outline of the work that will be required of the future intern. You can even give an example of a project the intern may be given during the internship. Give as much clarity about the position as possible in a few sentences. Try to list more than the typical busy work expected of interns. Include what the objective learning outcomes of the internship program are and what the future intern is to gain from this experience with your company.

Qualifications

Make a clear list of the necessary qualifications for the position. If there is a need for a specific major and education level, make it known so that you won’t have unqualified applicants filling up your resume pile. Include necessary skills with computers or other office tools that will be needed as well.

Program Duration

Indicate how long the internship will last in your profile. Will the internship last an entire semester or only a month?  Provide specific dates. How many hours will be required in a week? Let the prospects know what hours or days of the week will be required. If flexibility is an issue, be sure to add that into the posting. Some students have tight class schedules and other obligations to meet that make it impossible for them to have a flexible schedule.

How to Apply

Don’t forget to include contact information and/or how to apply for the internship in your posting. Although it may seem redundant, forgetting to add this crucial piece of information can leave possible interns in the dark. Provide your company’s contact information and who to reach for the internship program.

Now it’s time to post your internship profile. Set up an account with www.bridge.jobs to help you post your internship and find the perfect intern for the job in Rhode Island. Download the Guide to Structuring a Successful Internship Program for free for more tips on creating your internship program!

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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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