With universities letting out for the summer in the next few months, we’d like to bring on an intern who can take on some operations and research work. We’re a relatively small company and we’ve never brought on an intern before. We have a small protocol in place to onboard full-timers, but I’m thinking we’re going to need a separate system for an intern because the experience and expectations are very different. How have you had success onboarding interns?
I had done this a long time ago but I would still share this experience with you. When I went on an intern hiring spree I asked myself the same question and the answer was pretty simple. Hire them as independent contractors. This would give them a sense of professionalism and you can define their employment period along with expected roles and responsibilities. Always remember that you are not hiring an intern but rather an potential full time employee so keep it simple and look for an exceptional person who can fit your organization as a full time employee and on-board him like a contractor. You can contact me regarding the contracting process as I have always worked as an independent contractor offering my consulting skills.