Creating an internship program and hiring interns can greatly benefit your organization. Internships often attract highly motivated students who can bring new perspectives to projects while increasing your visibility within the community and on campus.
Creating an internship or internship program takes careful research, planning, and an understanding of guidelines (from your organization, the Department of Labor and the schools you are planning to recruit from). Once you hire an intern, you also have to make time to train and manage him or her. Here are some helpful steps, tips and resources to help you get started:
- Steps to take before you start the hiring process: What are you seeking in a candidate? Who will supervise and mentor the intern? What type of compensation will you offer? Start here for some important considerations.
- Juniors and seniors at Lake Forest College often complete internships for academic credit. While credit is not a substitute for payment (see steps to take for more information) the ability to gain credit can make an internship more attractive to students. Review for-credit internship guidelines for employers if you are considering this option.
- Located in Chicago? No problem! Located 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest College is roughly an hour’s commute from the city. Many students intern in Chicago during the summer or academic year via our In the Loop Program. Check out more details here.