The old joke about getting the intern to takeout the trash, shred paper or pour cups of coffee has made its way into our culture a few too many times. Yet, it happens. Having a college student or recent graduate perform menial tasks is underutilizing their talent and does nothing for your organization or for their future.
Here’s your chance to create an internship with a bit more structure — something that helps the intern gain real life skills and helps your business accomplish a few tasks at the same time. Whether you’ve hired an intern before or you are planning to do so, having a plan in place can mean the difference between getting actual, useful work done or simply wasting everyone’s time.