Reader Question: If my company implements an internship program, would we be required to pay student interns?
– Office Manager, Public Services
Internship programs, when optimally designed, should provide the student with a learning experience while offering the employer some value in terms of a resource that can contribute at the most basic and entry level possible. The workload depends on how many hours per week the student is able to offer. As for its make-up, you should look to include the student in as many learning type of events as is possible. This could include having them attend meetings, shadow multiple members of the department they support to observe these folks in their roles, participation in projects and ongoing initiatives, etc. Giving them filing and more menial tasks is fine so long as there is balance.
For more on setting up an internship program, including the basics of compensation and compliance, register today for the next OperationsInc webinar: Internship Programs – The Keys to Success in Setup and Execution, coming up on Wednesday, February 17th.