Blogging to promote your internship program

August 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Internship wrap-up | 2 Comments
Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

You know your students are doing a fantastic job at their internships, and you and your colleagues are consistently improving your school’s internship program, but why not let everyone else know it too? Blogging is the answer. It’s inexpensive, timely, and believable because it’s done by a real person who bonds with the reader. Encourage your students to do blogs as one way of summarizing their internship experiences or you might do a blog yourself on what’s new in your Career Services department. The following excerpts from student and university blogs may inspire you:

  • What I Learned From My Internship at a Y Combinator Startup
    BostInno (blog). I recently finished an internship at an awesome Y Combinator/500 Startups company called Flightfox. Putting it in perspective: it has taught me more in 2 months than I did throughout the whole school year. Here are few things that I learned.  Empathy:  Fast forward to my internship, Flightfox founders Todd and Lauren both were empathetic. Work hard: The founders were working hard and very focused. Drool over metrics: In the apartment that we worked out of, we had put white boards all over our work area. Trust your employees: One of my biggest experiments was to show the founders that social media can create buzz for the company as well as bring in conversions. Be Transparent: At an early stage startup, there are very few people on the team so there is no reason for the whole team to not know all about the company. Talk to customers: This is one of the biggest parts of starting a company. Learn from mistakes: As a startup, you are always experimenting and due to this you are bound to make decisions that are not always successful.
  • CALS internships: Six of seven continents isn’t bad – eCALS – News 
    By rdmitche. We don’t know of any CALS student with an internship in Antarctica at the moment, but we’ve got the other six continents covered. We know this because a lot of our students are posting photos and descriptions of their experiences on the CALS Career Services Facebook page. Among them is Kate Mansfield, a senior double-majoring in Biology and Life Sciences Communication who is interning with New Seed International, a non-governmental organization that runs a school, health clinic and orphanage in Volta, Ghana for women and children with HIV/AIDS. Kate’s role is to develop a health and wellness program, while also working to improve the compound’s poultry farm and school garden. Posted in: Around CALSTeaching & Advising
  • Tulane University – Insider: Students opt for public service internships
    By Fran Simon. More than 100 students are serving the community through the Center for Public Service’s internship program. A summer job at a burger joint may benefit a student-sized budget, but internships offered through the Tulane Center for Public Service offer a whole lot more. Nick Solari, senior program coordinator for internships, says that students are catching on to the benefits of working for one of the center’s community partners. More than 100 students are participating in the public service internship program this summer through positions with local community and governmental organizations, hospitals and nonprofits.  A few students took on out-of-state jobs in cities such as New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. “Like in any internship program, students have the opportunity to explore potential career paths, enhance their professional networks, build new skills and boost their resumes,” says Solari.
  • Eye of the Intern blog on  Melissa DiVietri (@missydi) is a Senior at Ferris State University, majoring in New Media/Printing Management.  Read more on her blog. I have always considered myself as a dedicated individual who goes the extra mile for every accomplishment. I am a bubble of smiles, eager to learn new things and always prepared for every obstacle placed in my pathway. I began my search for my summer internship in November 2011. I made an ‘internship board,’ which included all the companies I applied, the job description and sticky notes on responses from human resource departments. I would follow-up with companies every 3-4 weeks on job opportunities. After months of searching, I got a break with the help of networking within my connections. I received a phone interview for a Digital Media position at The Garage / Team Mazda in Southern California. After my offer letter came in the mail, I had less than a few weeks to find housing, book a plane ticket and make a lifestyle that was halfway across the country work for me.

Take time to wrap up each internship at every company

August 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Internship wrap-up | Leave a comment

When a student completes an internship, your work isn’t over, especially if you hope to keep placing interns at that site. Companies really appreciate your follow up regarding their interns because they realize that you’re actively involved, and they can count on you for support in the future. If possible, try to do the wrap up session in person. If your budget allows, you could offer to take the intern supervisor to lunch as a way to say thank you.

Another way to express your appreciation is to present the internship supervisor with a Certificate of Appreciation from your school. A framed certificate is good because it can be hung up immediately. You could also say thank you by giving the person a school mug or school pen.

Although the intern supervisor may have already filled out an intern assessment or evaluation form, you might want to design your own form, asking questions that might help you improve your successful placements in the future. To make it easy for the intern supervisor, create questions with multiple answers, facilitating a quick check mark. This survey could be done online for efficiency. If you mail it, do include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

After you receive the survey back from the intern supervisor, review it and write a response, expressing your thanks and willingness to make the changes that were suggested. If the intern supervisor has been having problems with interns, devise solutions and keep him/her updated on your progress. Ask the internship supervisor if he/she would like help in making any changes in the program and then follow up on any requests. For example, you might want to introduce virtual internships into the program, so you could place more student interns with the company. Use your wrap up time to improve your program as well as each company’s.

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