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Internships, from investment to improvement – Part 2

At the beginning of June, we discussed the internship path that many young graduates undertake after their studies.

One of the key factors that resonated in Part 1 of Internships, From Investment to Improvement, was the “can do” attitude that graduates need when applying for an internship program. Those with the go-getter mentality and the ability to put in their time and effort earn far more from internships than those who treat it like a checkbox exercise or a required year.

Jeanette Campbell of Boston Media House is instrumental in guiding students through the internship application process and helps with feedback on everything from resumes to dress code and use of language. Campbell says there are more internships than ever before and for an institution like Boston Media House, that’s a positive sign as it shows that companies are increasingly aware of the value of this opportunity in the workplace. .

Campbell adds that to the extent that potential candidates must commit to the internship process, companies have an equal role and responsibility. From her experience helping match students and companies, she offers the following advice to companies looking to hire an intern: Don’t accept more than you can handle. Internships rely on senior members of staff having time to go through a professional development journey with the intern. Make sure you can devote time and energy to a junior member of your team. The only way they will improve is with direct guidance, feedback and monitoring. Without this contribution, the trainee will not have the opportunity to be guided through his mistakes, to have the possibility to fail or to flourish.

Internships are not a place to find cheap labor. It is true that not all the tasks entrusted to an intern justify a publication on Instagram. There are menial and repetitive tasks that help build tenacity and resilience away from the glamor of media glamor, use them as teachable moments and balance them with other daily tasks that require attention. Most graduates have invested a lot of effort, money and thought into their professional training. Internships are a symbiotic relationship, respect the intern’s process as you would like the intern to respect your organization and your clients.

Consider the logistical implications of hiring an intern. They need a workspace, access to technology, data and a good integration into your business. Exercise a degree of patience as for many first-time job seekers they are grappling with the realities of the working world, however create very clear boundaries of what is acceptable and what is not. Finally, Campbell says that when you meet an intern, ask yourself, “Do I like this person and can I work with them?” Technical abilities are secondary and can be honed daily, cultural fit and attitude are essential for a mutually beneficial relationship.

At MediaHeads 360, our intention is to always go a long way with the interns we hire, and we hope that our investment of time will lead to a situation where the experience gained by the intern will make them attractive in the job market. We hope our insight into this dynamic space inspires you to consider an intern today!

Internships, from investment to improvement – Part 2

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