Hiring summer interns is a perfect way for you to take care of a few projects around your shop without employing another full-time staff member. Soon, several high school and college students will be looking for jobs that don’t involve flipping burgers, and you might benefit from some inexpensive labor—it could be a win-win situation.
To find summer interns, start with this:
• Go talk to your local high schools. Meet with school counselors to find out how you can contact students who are interested in a summer internship.
• Post an announcement on your website about summer internships.
• Run an article in your printed or e-newsletter about summer interns and set up an application for internships on your website.
Once you find summer help, there are many projects you can delegate to your interns. One of those tasks could be updating and maintaining your website. Chances are that you have a list a mile long of things you’d like to see done with your site. From uploading pictures to adding a product gallery to updating staff bios, you could keep an intern busy working on your website all summer.
The great thing is, your interns can attend any of Firespring’s training sessions to learn how to update your site and make my “top 10” site modifications. These modifications will help you get the most out of your website and make sure it’s up to snuff. Plus, we have both live and recorded sessions, so your interns can watch the trainings at any time.
In addition to working on your site, you can also have interns update and verify your mailing lists, organize your inventory, help with deliveries or anything else you may need accomplished. You’d be surpised at how much an intern can get done in just a couple month’s time.
Last summer at Firespring, we offered an “Adopt an Intern” program for our clients. This program enabled our summer interns to work directly with clients to help them make changes and updates to their websites. The program received so much positive feedback that we’re bringing it back again this year.
Here’s what a few of our clients had to say about “Adopt an Intern:”
Keep your eyes open for more information. We’ll be announcing details about our “Adopt an Intern” program—and how you can benefit from it—very soon.