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How to Hire the Perfect Intern

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on March 5, 2008

Interns can be valuable resources for all employers. Don’t think that aspiring college and graduate students flock only to large employers when they’re looking for experience. If you have a project or well-defined task, there’s an intern out there eager to tackle the assignment and bring enthusiasm and energy to the role.

Hiring interns is also a great way to find future employees. Whether or not the intern returns to work for you full-time, they can spread the word on campus to potential employees that you provide a great place to work.

But before you call the nearest college campuses, identify the work that needs to be done and the skills candidates will need. Specific tasks and types of companies are best suited for these short-term assignments. Research, systems, and project-management departments, tasks involving organization, and companies in the startup phase or doing product launches all create good intern opportunities.

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