This is the second installment in a five part series on how to cultivate excellent interns.
How Do You Find an Intern?
Finding interns can be a daunting task. Don’t have preconceived notions about where to advertise internship openings. Networking, contacting colleges, universities, and taking advantage of the social and digital space will begin the intern hiring process.
Networking: Talk with friends, family, and colleagues about internships they’ve had or companies they’ve heard have great intern programs. Contact individuals in charge of the intern programs. Have a conversation about how they find excellent interns and continually develop a successful program. Work with an intern consulting company who specializes in finding interns and development of intern programs. Check out intern-based meetups or ones targeted at HR professionals (even if you aren’t HR). Create lines of open communication with previous intern experts.
Colleges and Universities: Hang catchy, colorful posters in high-traffic areas often used by students (think mailrooms and dining halls). Post job ads online with college career centers. Contact faculty and department chairs; they regularly interact and directly advocate on the behalf of their students. Sign up to be an employer who recruits at internship and job fairs. Ask to speak at student events and attends special campus events. It is important not to limit the postings to one college or university. Diversify the types, locations, and size of schools where internship ads are posted.
Social and Digital: Post ads online on internship websites like Internships.com, Freelanship.com, and other job board websites. Even craigslist can be a great place to advertise to pull in a more diverse set of applicants. Tweet from your company (or personal) account, post on Facebook or company Facebook pages, and always write about openings on LinkedIn. Be aware many digital sites have a fee associated with an internship job posting.
With the social connectedness of today’s society and job market, finding a multitude of interns isn’t difficult. If struggling with getting applicants, readjust job descriptions and where they are posted. There are quality, motivated intern candidates everywhere!
The third installment of “5 Questions to Cultivate Excellent Interns” will outline what it takes to find interns who are a good fit for your company’s culture, mission, and objectives.