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Need talent? Develop an internship program

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(December 7, 2017--ANNAPOLIS, Md.)--When college students start thinking about winter break, you're already behind in finding an intern for next semester. So how do you make sure you have an effective program?

Interns are not right for every organization, but every organization can create a positive environment for an intern. To understand reasons for internships from both the company and student perspectives, consider the following factors before you commit to an internship program. Include in the discussion as many people in your organization as you can—especially in the executive level and in the departments where interns may work.

•How serious is my organization about hosting an internship program?
•How can a structured internship program work to our advantage? What are our goals?
•What human resources do we have to support an intern?
•Does my organization have the time to support an intern?
•What financial resources do we have? 

One of the biggest mistakes an employer can make is to mishandle an internship program. If they feel pushed aside, minimized or irrelevant, employers cannot develop a pipeline of potential employees and the interns cannot learn. 

Members can find more perspective on effective internship programs by logging on to mdchamber.org and clicking on Internship Toolkit in the right-side menu.

Whether you are a member of the Maryland Chamber or not, you are invited to the Total Internship Management Workshop at the University of Baltimore on Jan. 18 to learn other internship development approaches. 

• Effectively implement an impactful internship program
• Identify future hires with the only no-strings-attached 12-week interview
• Create and maintain a pipeline of highly qualified and educated full-time job candidates
• Increase your organization's brand awareness on college campuses
• Build long-lasting relationships with local universities 

If you attend, you will also receive FREE software to manage your intern projects and programs

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is a presenting sponsor of the Total Internship Management Workshop.