ABLE For Employers
What do Interns want from employers?
ABLE Students Want:
Interns want to work and learn! Provide interns with
opportunities to gain real work experience allowing them to apply business
knowledge learned in class. If you’ve brought on an
intern as a recruitment tool, give the intern assignments that will allow you to assess their
abilities as a future member of your team.
with your interns about what they can expect during the internship. If the job
requires stuffing some envelopes, make that clear. But if you tell the
intern she will be researching a project, and she spends 90% of her time
doing "grunt work" bad feelings will develop. Honesty makes students feel respected.
interns are students and may not have the business skills and experiences you take for granted. If your intern makes an oversight,
pull him aside and explain how the situation should be handled in the
To be included!
Is there a
staff meeting they can attend? Can they quietly tag along to a
project meeting? Can they be included in staff luncheons? Including them in the daily life of your workplace
helps students understand the work environment as a whole and how specific
functions fit together within an organization.
assign work, make sure you give a detailed explanation. While the work may seem
obvious to you, it may not be obvious to someone who’s never done it. With
proper explanation, interns can produce good work independently.
who has time to help!
interns have a mentor or supervisor to provide guidance. Mentors should be someone
who truly likes to teach to produce the best experience for the intern and the
company. Remember, the best
mentor in the world is useless if she can’t spend the necessary
time mentoring. Mentors need to take time to regularly meet with interns to
little time to plan for an intern before he arrives will not only help the
intern feel wanted and respected but will allow the intern to begin work on
a project immediately. Things to plan include both specific project
and task assignments and physical needs such as providing a workstation or
computer access. It is disheartening for a student to start an internship
and learn there is no place for them to work.