This is a topic which is close to my heart, because I have experienced both sides of this coin in an incredibly short period of time.
If you’re a business owner, looking to attract and recruit young interns looking for experience, I have some advice for you on how to make the relationship as beneficial as it can be for both you and your intern.
Here are three things you can implement into your business which can foster a positive work environment for your interns.
1. Spend some one-on-one time with your intern to focus on their professional development
I know you’re busy, but it’s important that you set aside some time with your intern to help them grow professionally. Whether it be sharing some inside knowledge of the industry you work in, or giving them advice on what they should do to get ahead.
2. Teach them something new every week
The whole point of the internship is for the intern to learn new things. Giving your intern new and challenging tasks will help your intern grow and create more effectively, while at the same time, help your business stay agile.
3. Let them do what they’re passionate about
Giving your intern tasks that they’re passionate about will give you the biggest return of investment. There’s no one-size-fits-all for interns. And while your previous intern may have been good at one thing, that doesn’t mean your new intern is the same. Letting them work on things they’re passionate about will give you and your intern the biggest return on investment.