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In this Issue: Government internships
|Big ideas and budget cuts are not a recipe for success. Perhaps this is why many local governments are looking to interns for help. These youthful, educated workers aren’t the stereotypical, coffee-retrieving recruits; they’re bright, capable individuals seeking to gain public-sector experience with a desire to make a difference.There are countless benefits to hiring interns, as well as great ways to recruit just the right person for the job. This e-newsletter will discuss both topics. Keep reading to find out more.|
Benefits of internships
With some dedication and clear goals, internships can provide a win-win.
How to recruit the right interns
Now that you know the benefits of hiring ambitious young people, you need to know how to recruit the best of the best. One way to ferret out the leaders is by building relationships with area professors, advisors and other faculty.
Offer to speak to a class about your agency and its services, participate in career fairs, and build relationships. Come armed with recruitment materials—a grab bag containing your business card magnet, a jotter and a stylus pen for notes—plus a detailed job description outlining potential projects and goals can help candidates see the significance of work they may be doing.
Hiring interns and using their skills to the max could be the perfect solution for getting much-needed projects up and running. Interns can offer your agency a new perspective, boundless talent and the potential to come aboard full-time. Give it a try—it just may be your ticket to success.
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