Identifying interns as future employees
posted by David Collison on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in SHAZAM Blog
We’ve all heard reports that the labor market will become even tighter with the baby boomer generation entering retirement. With this change, the task of recruiting and retaining quality employees will become an even greater challenge.
At SHAZAM, we recognized this issue and have developed a strategy to address this evolution in our employee population. By launching an internship program, we are able to identify potential full-time employees and, in turn, we learn about our recruitment efforts from our interns. To ensure success, we have built structure to this effort and consider this level of employment to have much greater responsibility than hourly or part-time labor.
Our approach is to give qualified young professionals the opportunity to be a member of a project team, be assigned specific tasks and be held accountable for their work. To support their success, our interns are provided with the necessary tools, partnered with a mentor and given the opportunity to grow their technical skills.
While there are risks with any program, the rewards of our internship program have greatly outnumbered the downfalls. Our supervisors are given the opportunity to evaluate knowledge and abilities, assess work habits and identify potential candidates for full-time employment. In addition, interns are given the opportunity to learn more about our organization and determine if their career goals align with our organizational goals. It’s a win-win situation.
Have you considered where your next generation of employees will come from? Consider implementing an internship program that focuses on your organization’s needs.
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