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August 5, 1998

A Not-so-new Source for Good Employees—College Interns

One of the most highly valued members of our staff has been working with us for almost two years—not all that time full time as a full time employee. We first engaged this very capable employee as an intern when she was beginning her senior year as a marketing major, attending a local college. She worked for us part time, learning the ropes, including everything we could impart about marketing, advertising, and public relations. (Since Joyce has a background teaching marketing on the university level, she became the major resource, but there was much to share about accounting procedures, management practices, and other aspects of running a successful business that Roger provided.)

After graduation, our intern was offered a number of positions in the area. Fortunately, she chose ours. Here’s why:

  • We NEVER pass up an opportunity to teach our employees something they don’t already know. Our intern knew there would be more opportunities to learn and grow—if she accepted our offer. (For a graduating senior, the most important criteria for choosing an employer is the chance to receive on-the-job training.)
  • We offer a family friendly atmosphere. She had already seen how we value family time and worked to insure that our other employees led balanced lives. We created opportunities for her to see her family in New Jersey.
  • We give spot bonuses. We believe in sharing the financial rewards of hard work.
  • We have helped her grow; she knows that we care about her—as a person, not just a work machine.
  • Interns can be an excellent long-term investment in people, but please recognize, like all good investments, they’re not free.

    WARNING: There’s a lot of competition for the limited number of interns. Unless you’re in the broadcast media, you will have to pay your interns. Not only that, in addition, you will have to sell the benefits of working with your firm—and we don’t mean JUST money. Unless you’re willing to double the amount paid, money will not be the deciding factor.


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