I'm sure this has been gone over before a few times but the majority of the threads I found with a search all seemed to be "We're starting an internship, I'll let you know how it goes" with no followup responses; so here goes nothing.
First off, does anyone have any advice on starting up an internship program with a local college or university? We're thinking of starting one here but we're not sure on the requirements and regulations for one. They probably vary by school but does anyone have any generalized recommendations for getting your business in a position to take internships?
Lastly (I know, I don't have a 'Secondly'..) I was wondering how many of you have actually had an internship or are planning on having one. If you've already had one, or have one, how did it go? Was it a paid or free internship? Was the student a good employee? Would you do it again?
I appreciate everyone reading this and I look forward to hearing some of your responses.
I've been an intern in non-profit corporations and governments - currently doing an internship with the European Parliament.
If you're planning on having an internship programme - have clear objectives as to what you want the intern to learn, what you want the intern to contribute, etc. Nothing's worse than an internship where the employer doesn't really have a plan for you.
Students are hard-working individuals who most often than not are asked to do the same amount of work as a salaried person for less money. So I'd say be fair and budget a decent compensation for that intern.
Over the summer, our company was contacted by a local community college. They were wondering if we were accepting interns. We told them; "No, but we would like to know more about it."
All interns must commit 80-120 hours part time towards the internship. Long story short: there are 3 ways interns "work."
1- They work and get no compensation.
2- They work and get a "reduced" wage. Cheap labor.
3- They work & you pay their college credit hours for the course (2-3 Tution hours).
We are looking at bring on 2 interns in the near future (Spring Semester) under the #3 option.
Also, you get to interview the potential interns and choose the ones you want to bring on-board.