Close the skill gap and retain local talent- Help a student develop important workplace skills such as professionalism, leadership, and effective communication, while developing future high school and community college graduates to contribute value-adding work to your business now and in the future.
Give back to the community- Hiring interns not only helps students in your community get started, it enhances the local workforce as a whole and creates more visibility for your organization.
Take on creative and advanced projects- Interns often bring enthusiasm, positive energy, and a new perspective while increasing your bandwidth for new projects.
Requirements to host an intern:
Be able to hire an intern full-time at (at least) minimum wage for 8-10 weeks in a project-based internship
Have an employee who is willing to mentor an intern
Have the office/floor space to house an intern
Clatsop WORKS takes care of…
Marketing all internship positions
Receiving and organizing applications
Facilitating the WORKS program, including weekly Professional Development Workshops
Creating marketing materials for the program
Sending completed, pre-screened applications to employers
Tips for internship development
The best internships are project-based, with clearly defined deliverables and purposeful, value-adding work that encourages students to apply their skills.
Students should be given a central project or task that can be completed in a pre-determined timeline.
Duties and tasks can evolve, but when there is a lack of bandwidth to provide daily tasks, the student always has the central project to fall back on.
Defining both the company’s and student’s objectives at that start is the best way to create value for both parties.
Onboarding (whether virtual or in-person) is essential to prevent any issues and/or dissatisfaction from either party later on.
Give/receive feedback throughout the duration of the internship