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    • 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