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Interns Rock!

Sep 09, 2009

Want to find a way to get that project completed…you know the one you really want done, but which you never seem to find time for?


How about working on updating your website?  Conducting a customer service survey?


No time? No money? No problem!


Try hiring an intern.  I have had interns for the past 6 years and they are a great way to stretch your resources and to bring enthusiasm, dedication and hard work to your business.


The first step in hiring an intern is to think carefully about what you want and need an intern to do.  One thing I would advise is to ensure that your intern is not simply shuffled off to do filing and copying.  Look for interesting projects that the intern can “own” and which are desirable from your company’s standpoint.  I have used interns to do statistical analysis of customer feedback, to create interactive data CD’s and to do research projects for clients. 


I believe that the key to a successful intern program is to come up with a varied and interesting set of tasks for the interns that keep them engaged and which further their real-world education.


Given my location in Laramie, I have tended to hire interns from the College of Business.  However, depending on your company, you could find interns in any of the other Colleges at UW, or from your area community college.  If you are interested in a business student, the contact information to begin the process is below.


College of Business Internships Office, Dept 3275
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, Wy 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2363
Joan Downham, Coordinator, College of Business Internships


The WMRC has had interns from overseas and from Wyoming.  Every one of them has brought something unique and has helped make our organization better.  Hiring an intern can be an inexpensive, interesting and invigorating way to bring new blood to your organization and to finish that project that always seems to be pushed aside by day-to-day life.


What has been your experience with interns?

Category: Strategy

Mike Lambert

Mike Lambert is the manager of the Wyoming Market Research Center in Laramie, WY.

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