When to start your internship search

There are many ways that your company can benefit from having an internship program. Whether you want to boost productivity, give back to the community, or test drive future talent, there is always a good time to search for an intern. When to begin your search will depend upon who you are looking for.

Would you like summer help or could you use more assistance for the end of the year? Once you know what the needs of the company are, you will be more equipped to meet the demands. Here are some tips to help you organize an effective recruitment strategy and know when the time is right to search for an intern.

When To Post

If you want an intern for the summer break, start posting early to gain access to the best candidates. You will want to ensure that you have an intern secured well in advanced. This will also give you ample time to perfect the details of the internship program.

As a rule of thumb, go for March or early April to post your internship. On the other hand, if your intern will be working throughout a semester in school, aim to post at least two months in advance. This will give you the time you need to sort through applications and decide who you want to interview. Don’t get overwhelmed if you receive a higher response than anticipated. Clarify the characteristics, previous life experience, and course work that you will require to hire an intern. Take your list and match it with existing resumes. This will make the sorting process less time consuming and more efficient.

Posting too late could affect your choices as you will feel rushed to meet the demand to fill the position. Start early and secure the intern that you know will deliver an exceptional performance.

Interview

Once you have narrowed your applicants down according to resumes, it’s time to start the interview process. Provide yourself with a given time period that you plan to interview with a cut off date. Interview all the applicants in your final pool. Since you have already made out your list of must haves in an intern, you will be able to pair faces with resumes and decide who you want to chose for the internship. If the interview process takes a little longer than expected you will be covered by the extra time the early posting provided.

Prepare

Take time to properly prepare for your intern’s first day. Make sure that your internship program is perfected and everyone involved at the company are on deck for the intern’s arrival. Have a mentor in place to supervise and aid the program. Provide an orientation to get your intern up to speed with the company and an overview of the internship program. Your intern will ultimately feel more welcome and at ease when you take the time to show that you care about your internship program. Don’t leave all of the planning to the day before your intern starts!

The key to securing your intern for the term is to start early and used a structured schedule to get the job done. Visit www.bridge.jobs to find local interns in the Rhode Island area.

Learn more about creating an internship program with the Guide to Structuring a Successful Internship Program.

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About bridge.jobs

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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