You search, you interview, they start…they stop showing up, or you don’t know what to give them… and you stop trying.
Yet, some people manage to make it work! People are using interns for help with social media marketing, technical jobs, video storytelling, and more. I’ve been collecting their secrets for you.
First, Choose the Right Things to Delegate
It’s not easy to turn over your projects to someone else, much less someone who you’re not sure is that invested or experienced. The trick is to delegate the right things.
In a nutshell…
Don’t let an intern be the one to develop your social media strategy on their own, be your primary voice in social media, or make decisions about how to measure success.
Do let them do important jobs like research, give you feedback on your campaigns, actively participate in strategy meetings, create video interviews, and much more.
Also, check out the comments below for examples from real people having good success with hiring interns.
Now write up a job description before looking for an intern.
Second, Choose the Right Intern
Never underestimate the interview and selection process, which includes talking to references.
It’s hard to know what to ask someone who has minimal job experience, so here’s a great cheat sheet for you. These questions will elicit what you need to know:
It’s Time To Go Searching
Once you’ve got your job description and your interview questions ready, it’s time to post your job and find those interns.
If you need someone soon, try listing on:
If you can wait about six months for them to start:
Contact your local colleges for intern options. This is the ideal way to get someone with relevant interests, and with an added level of commitment if they’re getting credit.
Positive Intern Experiences
Check out the existing comments below, from those with intern experiences. Leave some new comments if you have some good experiences or warnings to share.