Portland, OR (PRWEB) May 16, 2006
Internship programs are proving to be a "win-win" situation for employers, according to a recent poll by CareerExposure.com. Over 90 percent of interns reported receiving an offer for a full-time position within the organization following their internship.
"Internships are the ideal interview tool," said JillXan Donnelly, president of CareerExposure.com. "Employers have the opportunity to evaluate potential new hires and determine if the candidate is a good fit for the organization. At the same time, interns can use the experience to make great contacts, challenge their thinking outside of the classroom and evaluate a company. The survey results point to internships as a 'must do' for employers and job candidates."
The poll equally attracted women and men, who offered their perspectives on the essential career skills developed during their internship experience. More than 95 percent of the respondents polled stated that their internship helped to accelerate their career, as it provided an opportunity to obtain relevant work experience and make connections in their industry of choice.
Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that internships provide real-world experience regarding a respective industry and/or organization, allowing interns and employers to determine a fit prior to making an official commitment. Interns have the opportunity to differentiate themselves from the pool of recent college graduates seeking employment, while organizations can incorporate new ideas interns contribute based on their recent learning.
Interns who responded to the survey offered their advice to employers on creating the perfect internship. Their top three tips include:
1. Connect interns with mentors: Make sure that every intern has a specific contact within the company to help them successfully navigate the corporation quickly and effectively. Remember, interns are only at the company for a short time.
2. Be clear on expectations: From day one, make sure the interns know what is expected of them during the internship and how they fit into your organization. And, as the internship comes to an end, take the time to debrief them so you both know if they met the mark.
3. Make the most of the internship: Keep in mind that an internship should benefit your organization, as well as the career development of the intern. Assign meaningful projects that allow the intern an opportunity to make a contribution and offer up a fresh perspective to provide a greater benefit to your organization.
Additional resources to enhance recruiting initiatives can be found at http://CareerExposure.com, providing employers with the latest tools they need to manage the recruiting and hiring lifecycle.
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About The Career Exposure Network™
The Career Exposure Network is an e-Recruiting network of premier niche sites that has been helping Fortune 1000 employers find top quality Women, Diversity & MBA candidates since 1996. Sites include: CareerWomen.com, DiversitySearch.com, MBACareers.com and CareerExposure.com. The Career Exposure Network optimizes the employment process to match successful top employers with the best-targeted candidates.