Interns are a staple in the MayeCreate company culture. I find myself encouraging more and more of my clients to hire an intern to help with their marketing efforts. Though many are leery, not knowing where to find an intern with the necessary skills and interests or which tasks interns are capable of handling.
Example: If you plan on providing a desk for your new intern, then make sure it is cleared off and prepped for their work with office supplies.
Example: Tasks and responsibilities can include filing, beta testing, social media maintenance, blog writing, analyze and compile data, research, etc.
Example: Here at MayeCreate, we have a process document for everything, from how to write a blog post to taking a website live.
Example: If your goal for interns is to establish an online presence for a social media account, then share that with them right off of the bat! It is also nice to be aware of what your interns would like to accomplish during their internship.
Example: Beginning an internship in a new environment can be a bit intimidating; give them a tour of your office and introduce them to the other employees.
Example: Walk hand in hand through one of the intern’s responsibilities, that way they will know exactly what you expect from them.
Example: Provide your intern with a desk calendar or a pocket planner and demonstrate how he or she should schedule tasks and meetings.
Example: The first couple of assignments from your interns will be rough, but after you give them constructive criticism, they will produce better work that is more pleasing to your liking.
Example: Don’t ask for an article about the Olympics when you really want an article about the U.S. Olympic standing in the overall medal count.
Example: Students are typically free in the summer in comparison to 15 hours of school work during the semesters, therefore summers are great for training.
Supervising an intern is the key to a successful internship for both you and the student. If given proper guidance, interns can be an exceptional addition to your workforce, bringing problem-solving skills, completing work around the office and even generating new ideas.
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