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Getting the Best from Your Interns

Posted March 29, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder
It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming and they’re flocking to cities around the country in droves – interns. And on a case-by-case basis, they can either be phenomenal cheap labor to help you get ahead in business or a warm body that checks Facebook all day. The difference between these two types of interns isn’t their school or their ambition, it’s you! Many of us avoid the dreaded intern season because we’re reluctant to spend time managing high school or college students properly. But with the right management skills and effective planning, you will find that interns are not only good for your business, they’re good for you.

I share a great deal in common with Betsy Aimee, the author of the article “6 Ways to Be a Great Boss to Your Intern” at Forbes.com. Both Betsy and I gained an incredible amount of professional experience through our own high school and college level internships. And both of us were blessed to have phenomenal supervisors in these internship experiences. Betsy has put together a clear set of directives to aid any new boss to an intern to create an internship that best benefits the intern and the company, and to set boundaries and clear expectations that will ensure you’re blessed with the intern who adds to the mix, not sits staring blankly at their desk all day.

Have you always thought about getting an intern, but just haven’t taken the step to place the ad? Fret not, for there are better ways to find the right intern for you. If you are located in Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago, you can hook up with amazing summer interns through Step Up Women’s Network, an organization that bridges connections between professional women and girls from underresourced communities who can benefit from mentorship and opportunities you can provide. Step Up interns are seniors in high school who are focused, excited, and ready to get their careers started. If you’re interested in learning more about Step Up’s Young Luminaries Summer Internship Program, feel free to contact me directly, and I’ll get you in touch with the right person in your Step Up city. Click here to email me about Step Up today!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."