Internship & Micro-Internship Recruiting Opportunities for Engagement
The Career Development Center at Saint Joseph’s University is here to continue to support your talent acquisition team during these uncertain times. This page contains resources and information that may be beneficial to you and your organization as you consider your internship and full time offerings over the next few months.
Below are some ways companies can create meaningful virtual experiences as part of an internship program:
- Create team based projects where students can work alongside other interns and managers.
- Develop a case “competition” or “idea attack” to solve a critical business issue.
- Include a presentation / feedback loop for students as they contribute to the work environment.
- Continue to offer social opportunities through virtual platforms like Zoom as part of ERGs or department “outings.”
- Use Project Management Software that helps managers and interns better communicate deadlines and deliverables. Some free PM software include: Asana, OpenProject, nTask, Monday
- If remote network sharing is an issue, consider using online file sharing like: DropBox, Box, GoFile
- Re-tool existing professional development opportunities for entry level employees to see if an opportunity exists to apply these programs to interns virtually.
- Parse out job duties from job descriptions to identify discrete jobs that can be offered as internships on a smaller scale.
- Review Campus Philly’s Guide to Internships: Internship in a Box.
Micro-Internships / Project Based Work
Saint Joseph’s University partners with Parker Dewey to offer remote, project based work to students. For more information or to sign up, click here. The following webinar also offers insight into how micro-internships can be useful during COVID-19. These short-term, paid projects enable college students, graduate students, and recent college graduates to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role.
Below is a list of things to consider when creating a micro-internship:
- Assignments that require skills, not necessarily industry knowledge
- “We should” tasks - work that managers have had on their to-do lists for some time, competitive research, etc.
- Unbundle internship and full-time job descriptions into multiple projects with set deadlines
- Click here to see a list of example projects employers are offering to students through Parker Dewey
Virtual Internship Best Practices
The process of an online/remote internship varies depending on if you work with an established third-party organization (e.g., Parker Dewey, Virtual Internships) or organize one on your own. The third-party firms have established processes for matching students to employers, provide operational platforms, and offer other services to support these programs; more information on these procedures are available at www.parkerdewey.com.
Some suggestions for organizing virtual internships:
- Determine what software needs you will have for managing communication, file sharing, internal vs. external communication (ie with staff or with clients).
- Determine what hardware needs interns will be required to have (laptops, printers, phone)
- Consider using a project management platform to host documents, deadlines, deliverables and timelines for managing work
- Goals should be identified and attached to a timeline with frequent check-ins with hiring managers.