How to Build a Great Internship Program

A great internship program can be highly beneficial for interns and for the company alike. This is because good interns can do a lot of great work for a company, and working for a company can be great for an intern’s resume.

However, if an internship program isn’t run correctly, then it is not likely to work very well. Here are some tips for how to build a great internship program at your company.

1. Attract great talent

You want to have top quality interns apply to intern at your company. There are a number of things you can do to accomplish this goal. One of the best is to work with the career centers at local colleges. You can work with these centers to make sure that students at the college know that your company offers an internship program. This can help you to attract very bright candidates.

You can also post your internship to job boards like and Further, you can set up a booth at career fairs and try to connect with potential interns there. All of these things can be very helpful.

2. Make the work experience appealing to them

You will probably need your interns to do a lot of boring, tedious, and repetitive tasks, such as getting coffee or making copies. However, you should also give your interns plenty of opportunity to get real hands-on work experience. In other words, your interns need to be able to learn real job skills that can help them advance in the line of work that your company is in.

You should also establish a system of checks and feedback where your interns can discuss how things are going with a mentor. This can help to improve their experience, and also help them to learn more. Both of these things will be appealing to many of them.

3. Let the interns know that at least one of them will be given a job offer at the end of the internship

Many companies do not pay their interns. In fact, a lack of pay is one of the key distinctions between an internship and a job. However, if you want your interns to perform as well as possible, then you have to motivate them somehow. Offering a job to at least one intern at the end of the summer or internship period is a great way to keep your interns interested in their work.


If you can get great interns to work for your company, then it can help you to save on labor costs, and to also find potential employees for your company. Because of these things, it is key to run a great internship program. Following the advice in this article can help you to optimize the success of your internship program!

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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