Expand Your Workforce by Hiring a Student Intern
Is a limited budget keeping you from hiring much-needed staff for your small business? One of the best ways to add staff that’s a win-win situation for all is to hire a student intern. Students gain some real world work experience, expand their resumes, and may earn additional income, while you can gain a valuable new member to your staff to complete a project that you or your staff hasn’t had time to complete.
Most colleges and universities will assist you in advertising your position to their students. Although some programs have specific application requirements, here are the three basic steps you’ll need to follow to hire a student intern.
STEP 1 – Create a Job Description
Begin by defining your work requirements and developing a job description of the internship position. A typical job description will include the following information (a sample description is added at the end of this article that you can use as a template):
- Job duties and responsibilities
- The ideal candidate’s qualifications, education and work experience
- The length of employment, pay, benefits, etc.
- Information on how to apply
STEP 2 – Publish Your Job Posting
Submit your job information to target schools in your local area. You may want to visit each institution’s website to research their process for hiring an intern, and call their career center to introduce yourself and discuss your plans. Here’s a cursory list of some of the New Mexico schools that offer internships programs:
Art Center Design College
5000 Marble NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Contact: Placement Representative, firstname.lastname@example.org>
Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, NM
Career Resource Center
University of New Mexico
Anderson School of Management
Need an Intern?
Department of Communication & Journalism
Department of Political Science
Guidelines for Undergraduate Internships
Frequently Asked Questions
You may also want to get involved with the related student clubs at your local college including volunteering to speak at one of their meetings, sponsoring an event, etc. Building an ongoing relationship will go far to help you identify potential student intern candidates to meet your future needs. For example, UNM hosts 400 student organizations that you can connect to including the following business related groups:
- American Advertising Federation Lobo Edge
- American Marketing Association
- Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity
- Hispanic Business Student Association
- International Business Student Association
- Public Relations Student Society of America
If you are a nonprofit organization and prefer using volunteers instead of hiring student interns, there are numerous local organizations that can help connect you to a pool of local community volunteers, including:
Center for Nonprofit Excellence
United Way of Central New Mexico
Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism & Engagement
City of Albuquerque
STEP 3 – Follow-Up
At the end of the internship, conduct an exit interview with your student intern and their manager to insure everyone’s expectations were met, and to brainstorm ideas to improve your student intern program in the future.