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The most successful internships serve a dual purpose—to provide your nonprofit with some extra person-power and to provide your interns with a positive work experience. Done right, the benefits can be numerous; your organization can gain a new perspective on organizational issues, receive extra help with projects in need of completion or even recruit its next full-time employee.

Lauren Berger, internship expert and author of “Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job into Your Dream Career,” says the number one thing students want from an internship is a beneficial learning experience. To find out how your nonprofit’s internship program can provide this experience, keep reading.

Making the most of interns

Internships are not something to be taken lightly. Achieving success requires lots of effort, extra time and solid training. Here are some tips to providing a positive experience for your interns and your organization:

  • Be welcoming: Interns should be treated just as any new employee would be. Welcome them and ensure they have everything they need to get started. Pair interns with employee mentors that can show them around, introduce them to fellow team members and be a point of reference for questions and concerns. Go the extra mile and provide interns with welcome kits, like a logo’d tote containing company literature, a jotter and a coffee mug.
  • Assign meaningful work: Remember, the main goal of an internship is to gain beneficial work experience. What better way to accomplish this than to assign your intern with meaningful work on a major project. Come the end of the internship, interns should be able to include a variety of newfound strengths, skills and successes on their resumes. It’s not to say that every task assigned needs to have top priority-level status, but make sure intern time isn’t solely spent opening mail, taking phone calls and fetching coffee.
  • Provide feedback: Many of today’s interns are Millennials. This demographic group learns and adapts as it goes, asking for real-time feedback in order to improve. Constructive feedback and credit should be given early and often. A simple thank you or a small reward for successfully completed tasks may be appreciated. A stylus pen or a combo phone stand/retractable screen cleaner makes a nice option. And informal weekly touch-base meetings provide great opportunities to learn and stay motivated. Use these touch points to let interns know what they’re doing well and where they can improve, so they always know exactly where they stand.
  • Finish with a bang: Hopefully your interns had the opportunity to contribute to meaningful organizational projects. If so, chances are they are beaming with pride at the results. Let them share their successes by holding an end-of-year showcase where interns can either display their work or present their projects to fellow teammates. Not only does this allow them to toot their own horn, it also gives them the opportunity to gain presenting experience and to receive feedback from others. You may even want to hold an awards show where interns compete for a trophy or plaque.

Remember, finding success with internships creates a win-win situation. Interns gain valuable work experience to help build their resumes, and organizations gain valuable assets that come with new ideas and perspectives. Follow these simple steps and there are sure to be benefits for all.

Huhman, Heather. “5 Reasons You Should Hire an Intern — and 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 06 Dec. 2011. Web. Retrieved 06 Aug. 2014.

Moran, Gwen. “5 Essential Traits of a Great Internship Program.” Entrepreneur. N.p., 30 Apr. 2014. Web. Retrieved 06 Aug. 2014.

Akalp, Nellie. “6 Tips For Running a Successful Internship Program.” Mashable. N.p., 08 Jul. 2014. Web. Retrieved 06 Aug. 2014.

 

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