Do you need extra hands to help you complete important tasks while allowing you the time to focus on higher level, income-producing business activities without exorbitant costs? Developing an internship program may be the answer to your need.
- Are you afraid of working with interns because you are afraid of being sued?
- Afraid the interns won’t take the work seriously?
5 Ways to Eliminate Your Fear of Working with Interns
Focus on Facts
Don’t focus on internship fears or myths. Focus your time and attention on the facts necessarily to determine if an internship program is a viable option for your company.
Be realistic about what tasks you can delegate and how much time you have to dedicate to teaching and training interns. Be realistic in your expectations of what an intern can accomplish during the length of the internship.
Plan ahead so that you minimize interruptions to your business. Be clear about the qualities and skills your perfect intern will possess. Never hire an intern in desperation.
Trying “wing it” will add to your stress and fear. Start your internship off on solid ground by developing systems to properly orient and translate your mission, vision, and goals. Proper systems will save you time and money.
Hire an Internship Consultant
Still have lingering fears? An Internship Consultant can help you determine if an intern will hinder your business, find and hire qualified interns, and develop interns into valuable team members.
Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an Adjunct Professor with a passion for business and career development. She has an extensive background in developing and managing interns and successful internship programs. She is a skilled manager, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Master of Social Work degree and 20 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a full service training and professional development company.
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