3 Simple Ways to Attract the Best Internship Candidates to Your Business By Abbi Olsen
Posted: Apr 22, 2015
There’s a school across the country – or maybe even the globe – where graduates and soon-to-be graduates are making waves in businesses in your industry. But you’ve never managed to attract anyone from that school – or really from anywhere outside of your local area – to your company’s internship program. When you limit yourself to the local area, you limit the number of applicants interested in your company as well as the quality of applicants. Many stellar workers look on an internship as a chance to get to know a company. If they like working for you as an intern and discover they like the local area, they’re more likely to apply for a permanent position after graduation.
Even if all of your interns don’t go on to work for your company – and there will always be a percentage that doesn’t – making your company’s internship program one of the more appealing programs puts your company on the map. The more interest there is in even working for your business temporarily, the more interest there will be for your company as a whole. To compete with other internship programs in your industry, you need to make it more convenient for candidates to come from outside of your local area.
Secure Corporate Housing
No one outside of the local area will be able to complete an internship for your company unless they have somewhere to stay. Many people won’t be able to even apply if they have to find a place to stay on their own – after all, a hotel for that length of time could prove to cost more than the money they earn during an internship, especially if it’s unpaid. Pay for corporate housing for them, as you can secure an affordable rate when you rent a place for a month or more. If you have a steady stream of new interns every month or every few months, rent corporate housing for the long term and save even more.
Let Them Bring Furry Friends
Being away from home for a month or more is difficult for many candidates for a number of reasons – housing is just the start. If your candidates are leaving pets behind, arranging boarding or petsitting for them is costly and an inconvenience – enough of an inconvenience that they may not bother applying for your program. Plus, if they’re going far from home, they won’t know anyone and may find the experience overwhelming without some comfort from home. Choose corporate housing place that allows pets for a deposit, so they can bring their furry friend with them.
Pay for Cleaning Services
Make your interns feel like kings and queens by making their entire stay hotel-quality. Arrange for daily, weekly or bi-weekly cleaning through the corporate housing provider so your interns can focus on the work they do for your company and seeing what the local area has to offer. This is especially beneficial for those who opt to bring their pets along, as fur and dander are sure to accumulate. Make interns feel like they have a home away from home – but that their temporary home is an even more relaxing environment in which they can thrive at your company.
If you create an internship program that can’t be beat, you demonstrate how your company is one of the best to work for. Interns won’t be the only ones interested in your business. Treat the interns kindly, and rumors will spread that job candidates from all over the world should seek to work at your company, too.
About the Author: Abbi Olsen is the owner of a small but robust business in California. She relies on Suite Accommodations to house her international interns and for her other corporate housing needs.
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