Every summer, college and graduate students participate in summer internships in various American companies. Unfortunately, this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, many company's offices are closed with most of their workforce working from home. This leaves these organizations in an unusual position cut down on their internship hiring drastically or even cancel the internship programs altogether. But what if they can host remote internships? Here are some reasons why companies should consider moving their internship programs online.
Having an internship program, it's a great pipeline to getting great future talent into the company. By eliminating this year's internship program, your organization could lose on discovering these future workers. Moving all interns online gives your organization the ability to not only maintain this talent development program but perhaps expand its boundaries. Companies can look for interns from other states and different universities that they haven't been able to before. According to LinkedIn the amount of remote internship posting has increased by 20% this year.
Companies have the tools to go virtual. By utilizing Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams, you can reproduce the office environment. You can pair interns with mentors allowing the interns to meet and learn from your companies leaders. You can organize virtual social events to enable your intern class to meet and network with each other.
Companies can move towards project-based assignments that students can complete remotely, and company leaders can review and provide feedback. Companies can present payouts and incentives for completing the projects, so interns are compensated for their time.
Obviously, it's a challenge when people are not working together in an office. The experience of having interns inhouse can not be replicated. But during these challenging times, Business' have discovered ways to be creative in approaching the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. Overcoming these challenges and maintaining a level of normalcy for their business operations, including remote internship programs it's what sets the great companies apart from the rest.
NexusCW can help ease the uncertainties of hiring remote internships participants in different states. We handle all the employment administrative burdens and complexities so you can focus on providing a meaningful and learning experience for your future workers.