3 ways to enhance the internship experience

An internship is like a job interview, a recruiting exercise that spans several months and in which interns can demonstrate and develop their skills within the organization, while the employer observes performance in the field.

According to the Internship & Co-Op Survey Report, a National Association of Colleges and Employers study conducted in 2021, after one year, internal interns are 16% more likely to be retained than external interns. In addition, internal interns are 32% more likely to be retained than new employees who lack internship experience.


Benefits of internships:

  • Interns learn more about the profession because they come into direct contact with experienced people, real-life cases, and their applicability.
  • They strengthen their oral and written skills by interacting and practicing in a professional environment.
  • Discover what it means to work in a business environment and adapt to corporate or field norms of coexistence, depending on the career path.
  • Gain greater awareness of their attributes, qualities, skills, and values.
  • They face real problems that will make them a more competent professional and shed light on when they are formally inserted into the labor market.
  • They will be able to apply the theories learned in class to real work situations.
  • They will be able to identify their true interests to decide on their area of specialization.
  • Identify transferable skills, hard and soft skills, as well as their importance to stand out in the labor market.
  • They will make contacts that will lead to future employment.

For your intern to have a good experience in your company, focus on them as you would a candidate, boost their career, and capture the talent that complements your organization. There are three ways you can do this:

1. Give them meaningful work:

Make sure their activities include critical thinking, creativity, and other skills that in their future job they can use. Assign tasks that contribute to a meaningful project.

2. Avoid leaving them in a cubicle.

Interns need to know the operation of the company and its areas. Invite them to participate in a sales call, strategy meeting, or plant or warehouse tour. Show them the full picture of the company even if it means a party or celebration, so they will have a better understanding of the business and its culture.

3. Feedback is more important than any other action.

Sharing constructive criticism and suggestions about performance is a good way to improve motivation and build bridges of communication that are relevant to the organizational climate.

Addressing points of dissatisfaction strengthens the well-being of workers because they are made aware of weaknesses and how to address them to obtain the expected results that are aligned with the organization’s objectives. In addition, if an intern knows what he/she is doing well and what is not, it adds to his/her professional growth and contributes to his/her learning.



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