Creating and Executing an Effective Intern Conference


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Presentation delivered by Kara Yarnot of SAIC on 12/7/2011 at The George Washington University at the FedCollege recruiting conference co-organized by RECSOLU and

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Creating and Executing an Effective Intern Conference

  1. 1. Creating & Executing an Effective InternConferenceFedCollege Corporate ConferenceKara Yarnot, SAICENERGY & ENVIRONMENT • NATIONAL SECURITY • HEALTH • CYBERSECURITY© SAIC. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. About Me @klyarnot S AI C . c o m © SAIC. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Agenda• Goals of Intern Program• What is an Intern Conference?• Key Components and Best Practices• Execution Tips• Questions S AI C . c o m © SAIC. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Goals of Intern Program Grad Students NSBE Students Top Students Juniors Branding Accountin g Majors Former Interns Top Talent Pipeline Experience S AI C . c o m © SAIC. All rights reserved. Partnerships
  5. 5. What is an Intern Conference?• An intern conference can take many forms. Some examples: – Traditional conference style with general and breakout sessions – Experiential learning opportunity – Professional development and networking opportunity – Teambuilding opportunity – Executive interaction – Large- or small-scale event• Best Practice: Find the right balance of all forms that is appropriate for your audience S AI C . c o m © SAIC. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Key Components and Best Practices/Ideas •Key Note speech• Executive involvement •Lunches •Competition judging •Assign interns to ‘teams’ for entire event, create points system, award prizes •Create contest/competition related to company• Community/Team Building technology or product •Social event – monument tours, field day event, beach party, bowling •Facility tours• Exposure to company products / services •Hands-on experience with product /technology •Workshops with senior staff •Networking •Resume Reviews/Mock Interviews• Professional Development/Seminars •Presentation Skills •Reverse career fair S AI C . c o m © SAIC. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Execution Tips/Lessons Learned• Location – Space should include rooms for general sessions/meals and breakout sessions – Consider using company facilities, if possible – One conference for all interns at headquarters vs. regional conferences?• Travel/Lodging – To reduce costs, schedule events to allow day-of travel – Consider having local interns stay at hotel with non-local interns – Arrange early check-in or baggage storage at hotel• Intern Manager Commitment – Brief intern managers on conference agenda and goals – Include managers in breakout sessions, networking• Leverage your conference to improve branding – One large, unique logo item is appreciated more than several small logo items – Distribute Flip Cameras to some interns and put footage on your career site – Invite execs/managers skeptical about intern program to attend a portion of the conference S AI C . c o m © SAIC. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Questions?S AI C . c o m © SAIC. All rights reserved.