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How to Find Businesses That Want Your Students As Interns

Written by Angela Finding

As an educator, you want your students to have the best possible chances at succeeding in their respective careers. These days, that means securing and completing an internship; most businesses want candidates with experience, and because college educated candidates are more plentiful, competition is tougher than ever.

The pressure is on for you to find businesses that want your students as interns, so you can secure the highest possible placement rates and boost your university’s career placement statistics. But how can you find businesses willing to take your students on?

Fortunately, you won’t have to look far, as over 92 percent of businesses have some kind of internship program to offer.

Start Local

Internships for major corporations often seem prestigious, but some of the best internships to find are in your own backyard. Start local, attending professional networking events, meeting with business owners in the area, and immersing yourself in your community. Chances are, these local business owners will be more than willing to engage with the community by taking on interns at the local university.

Pitch the Value

When trying to persuade a business owner to take on a new intern, pitch the three main benefits of an internship program:

  • Immediate help. Interns can reduce employees’ workloads, especially if you pay them enough to be motivated like an employee.
  • Future employees. Many businesses use internship programs as a way to scout and try out new talent, leading to a possible future as a full-time employee.
  • Community contributions. Training interns is a way of giving back to the community, and could boost the company’s brand image.

Host a Career Fair

Finally, consider hosting a career fair at your university. Not only will this draw out more businesses who are looking for student candidates, it will also help interested students find the types of career paths they’re looking for in an open environment.

It’s not solely your responsibility to help your students find internships, but the more efforts you make to engage businesses and students with the prospect of internship, the higher your placement rates are going to be.

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