First Steps - Designing Your Internship Program


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This discussion focused on two topics of interest:

1. Preparing an internship work plan

2. Developing an intern job description

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First Steps - Designing Your Internship Program

  1. 1. First Steps – Designing Your Internship Program
  2. 2. Welcome! • 5th in our series of monthly webinars • Hosted by • Each webinar will be divided into two sections • Your feedback will be solicited for later use
  3. 3. Today’s Presenter Cindy Brown Intern In Michigan West Michigan Strategic Alliance • Currently working at the WMSA as Project Manager for our Internship Initiative. • Partnering w/ DRC, Prima Civitas and Traverse City Chamber of Commerce on statewide internship program-Intern In Michigan • Prior life, worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, had a very solid internship program • Prior to that, interned at Walt Disney World
  4. 4. Housekeeping for the Webinar • Use the dialogue boxes to ask questions • Questions will be answered between sections • Links to view the slides will be distributed after the session
  5. 5. Today’s Topics • Preparing a work plan for your intern • Developing an intern job description
  6. 6. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare • Preparing an internship work plan and developing an intern job description, sets the internship experience apart from just being a summer job or volunteer experience.
  7. 7. Retaining Talent • If we are committed to increasing the intellectual capital of Michigan, by creating internship opportunities for our college students, then we must put forth the effort to offer effective and well thought out internship programs.
  8. 8. What does your company hope to achieve from the program? • Is it, to create a pipeline of motivated talent to your entry level positions? • Internship programs can be a way to recruit pretty inexpensively.
  9. 9. Why have an internship programs? • Is it a way to get your company’s name out on college campuses? • Is it a way to get your mid-level employees a chance to manage workers? • Are there projects that could be given to interns, allowing employees to concentrate on their main job functions? • Or is it because it’s a way to give back to the community?
  10. 10. Work Plan Components • So who is going to be the supervisor of the intern? • Who will mentor the intern?
  11. 11. Work Plan Components • What is the internship Job Title and why is it important? • What is the description of the Internship? • What do you want your intern to do? • What do you want to have happen once the internship is complete?
  12. 12. Work Plan Components • If you were to pay an intern an hourly wage at Minimum wage in Michigan $7.40/hour, the total including taxes etc. would be just under $10.00/hour. • So, for example, you could figure out $10/ hour at XX number of hours times XX number of weeks and could come up with a $1500 internship cost.
  13. 13. Work Plan Breakdown • Once you figure out your pay schedule, Get the internship written into the budget. • Research, create the budget for the internship. • Will you use a stipend or an hourly wage, or use hourly pay with commission? • Which department will the money come out of? • If you are the decision maker, sell your department managers on the plan and get their input. • If you are not the decision maker, secure upper management buy-in and their support of the program.
  14. 14. Work Plan Breakdown • Make sure that everyone knows when the student intern is coming. • Give them some space, work station, desk, phone, computer, whatever supplies they would need to complete the project.
  15. 15. What questions do you have?
  16. 16. Be aware that… • Your intern wants a chance to build upon what he/she has learned through coursework • Your intern wants to learn to apply what he/she has learned to a "real world" project. • The focus of the internship experience should be devoted to meaningful project work.
  17. 17. Clearly explains the job’s duties • Does it explain that you want someone for a specific project? • Does it mention general support around the workplace? • Does it give the intern a taste of everything your company does?
  18. 18. One piece of advice… • The student intern will probably get the project completed quicker and more efficiently then you would have thought
  19. 19. What questions do you have?
  20. 20. Next Webinar • Tentatively scheduled for the 16th of December • May be rescheduled based on the feedback received
  21. 21. Please contact Cindy Brown Intern In Michigan West Michigan Strategic Alliance Jason Pacely Intern In Michigan Detroit Chamber of Commerce