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Expand Your Workforce by Hiring a Student Intern

Hire a college intern this summer to supplement your workforce and save money.

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, placement@theartcenter.edu>

CNM
Contact: Job Connection Center, www.cnm.edu/depts/jcc/index.php
Register and Post Local Jobs
Employer Guidelines

New Mexico State University
Intern Information for Employers

Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, NM
Career Resource Center

San Juan College, Farmington, NM
Cooperative Education, Internships & Volunteers

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe Community College Internships / Cooperative Education
SFCC Career Services Job and Internship Posting Form

University of New Mexico
Anderson School of Management
Need an Intern?
Department of Communication & Journalism
Internship Information
Department of Political Science
Guidelines for Undergraduate Internships
Frequently Asked Questions

Webster University

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:

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

New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism

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.

Stacy Sacco

Stacy Sacco

Stacy Sacco is Regional Manager of WESST’s Rio Rancho office. He also teaches sales and marketing at UNM Anderson School of Management in both the UNM MBA program and entrepreneurial studies program; and he serves as one of 15 instructors in the SBA’s national Emerging 200 program for inner-city entrepreneurs.

Stacy has over 25 years experience in marketing management with Hyundai, Transamerica, Avco Financial Services, Kirtland Federal Credit Union and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the President of both the New Mexico and Orange County Chapters of the American Marketing Association, publishes several lists including the New Mexico Directory of Professional Association, and hosts the annual New Mexico MARCOM Mixer which brings together over 350 members of the key marketing-related clubs statewide.

Stacy has been recognized as one of 100 Power Brokers and received the NMAMA’s Marketer of Excellence Award for his contribution to professionalism statewide. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona.