It’s easy to think that all internship programs are created equal. Not true. Creating and developing an effective program takes time, resources and – above all else – a focus on the experience itself. This is where most internships fail. Many provider organizations typically can find and place an intern or an intern is recruited through friends and family. These experiences often fall short. They can be highly variable in quality, and are generally not designed to build long-term relationships (critical), foster internal collaboration and mentoring and connect to the larger organizational strategy. In the end, it is both the internship experience and internship management, technology and program management that matters
The Blueprint for Internship Success ™ is an “Experience Management” driven model of operational and training best practices for supporting employers and interns in the context of economic development.
One approach central to the successful implementation of the Blueprint is Internship Seeding. Seeding handles the work needed to recruit and prepare employers to work with interns. How interns prepare and perform for their experience is handled with other best practices including mentoring, coaching of managers and planning. Contact us to learn more about resources available in this area.