Creating A Mutually Beneficial Virtual Internship ProgramPresentation Transcript
Creating a Mutually Beneficial Virtual Internship Program
So, you want to develop a virtual internship program… But are you ready?
To have a successful program, you need to have a few things in place
A project management tool is essential. You may be able to use a free application.
If you plan to expand your program over time, you might want to consider activeCollab
Invest in a remote desktop software, such as CrossLoop
How do you plan to communicate?
Skype for Business is probably your best option
Plan on having a regular weekly meeting, as well
With a couple interns, use Skype-to-Skype free calling
As your program grows, you might want to consider Skype group chats
Give an overview of important company news to help the interns feel involved
Hold brainstorming sessions, when needed
Allow each intern to give an update of projects for the week to help build a cohesive team
Give kudos on specific accomplishments whenever possible!
Allow time at the end for questions about the week’s assignments
Virtual internships take both the right candidate and the right supervisor
During interviews, be sure to ask candidates the right questions
Give me an example of a time when you worked on a project successfully with little supervision
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake and describe how you solved the situation
Candidates should have prior internship and/or office experience A virtual internship should not be the first internship for a candidate!
Ask candidates’ references if they would recommend them for a virtual internship and why
Supervisors must have excellent project management skills and preferably prior experience supervising interns Just like with candidates, virtual internships are not a good new manager starting point!
Plan in advance Give your intern(s) real assignments, just as though they were in the office! Create a monthly plan for major projects in before they start Provide detailed assignments on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
Encourage and be available for questions
Create an intern blog to help journal the experience for school and their résumé(s)
Create a Facebook group or Ningsite to encourage communication
Now that you’ve developed your program, how do you plan to find your virtual interns?
Questions? Heather R. Huhman Founder & President Come Recommended Heather@ComeRecommended.com @HeatherHuhman