As retailers remind us to begin outfitting fall wardrobes, school backpacks and dorm rooms, we encourage clients not to retire summer just yet. Albeit next summer.
It’s important to consider your corporate 2014 summer internship program goals now. Yes, believe it or not, one year in advance. Simply put, you won’t only be seeking the best students; they’ll be shopping the best opportunities. In an effort to get ahead of the competition and secure super star interns, strategic employers capitalize on long-lead planning, strong university relations and custom, high-touch life cycles to ensure best practices and enterprise-wide success.
Attracting top talent requires forecasting now to prepare for January recruiting. While snowstorms and holiday shopping may seem in the distant future, it’s during this winter break that ambitious students search internships and file applications. Accepting these early applications will best position your program.
A few additional considerations: Corporate goals and benefits? Sponsors and key content areas? Eligibility guidelines and start dates? Technology tools and budget? All moving targets and critical influencers that require more advanced preparation than you might initially anticipate.
Specializing in complex implementation of such programs for Fortune 500 companies, the Atrium Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) team agrees clients value a cohesive method. “It not only delivers a streamlined management approach and profound intern experience,” says Vice President and Director of Managed Services Theresa Rilli, “but can also prove to be an investment in their future talent pool.”
So with your corporate pennant flying high and calendar in hand, go ahead and draft an Intern Program 101 syllabus to ensure your team qualifies as a Division One leader.