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Intern Today, Employee Tomorrow The Role of Internships in Economic & Workforce Development Presented by: Janet Boston, Executive Director


The Facts Fact Jobs are the #1 reason Indiana attracts and/or retains young professionals Fact Internships lead to job offers, according to NACE’s 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey


Why Indiana INTERNnet? • Brain Drain Research • Internships  Employment • Indiana INTERNnet program established


Mission Indiana INTERNnet exists to increase the quantity and quality of experiential learning in the state of Indiana in order to retain top talent


Accomplishing the Mission

Indiana INTERNnet is a FREE internship-matching program linking individuals seeking internships, Indiana employers, and Indiana high school, colleges, and universities


High Touch Services • • • • • •

Employer assistance Resource Guides Career Fairs Internship Hotline/Feedback Button IMPACT Awards Partnerships


High Tech Services • www.IndianaINTERN.net • Social Media • Blogs (Guest & Staff Entries)


Internships Defined An internship is a form of structured and supervised experiential learning that provides students practical experience in their chosen fields


Employer Benefits • • • • • •

Increased productivity Reduced recruiting costs Gain fresh perspectives Complete backburner projects Remain competitive Exhibit corporate citizenship


Internship Elements • • • • •

Learning objectives Observation Reflection Evaluation Assessment


Internships “Redefined” • Internships: short-term, projectbased, virtual, traditional • Interns: post-degree, non-degree, career-changers, returnship, graduate students


We’re Convinced. Now What? • • • • •

Identify key needs Outline expectations Formulate a job description Assess compensation Identify a supervisor and mentor


Real Work Examples • • • • • • • •

Identify prospects Pursue business leads Develop/send marketing materials Write press releases Develop presentations Research advertising placements Prepare award submissions Arrange speaking engagements


Quality Internships • • • • • •

Expose them to community Provide professional development Mentor guidance – meetings bi-weekly Provide access to leadership Portfolio or resume building Offer/invite to social activities


Intern Compensation • Know what the competition offers • Perks – parking, lunch, vouchers • Consider resources – housing, equipment, rewards programs, scholarships • Stipends, academic credit are welcome • Most of all, know the labor laws


Why Intern? • Apply academic coursework to the professional world • Explore career interests • Enhance responsibility/transferable skills • Build resume/portfolio • Expand network to gain full-time employment prospects


Managing Millennials • • • • •

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Let them know what they do matters Tell them the truth – build loyalty & trust Expect opinions Provide challenging work Explain the why Explain what’s in it for them Train, mentor, provide feedback Make the workplace fun


Concluding an Internship • • • • •

Ask for an exit interview Stay in touch with HR Pulse on industry knowledge Network with key professionals Report back to career center/IIN


EARN Indiana • Partnership with Indiana Commission for Higher Education • Launches in Summer 2013 • Students with financial need will have access to experiential, paid internships • Eligible employers receive state matching funds in exchange for hiring these students • Matches occur through Indiana INTERNnet’s website


Website Demonstration


Audience Q & A’s Janet Boston Executive Director, Indiana INTERNnet (317) 264-6862 jboston@indianachamber.com Connect with Us:

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