Hiring Interns 101 - Developing a Sustainable Internship Program

Published by Florida Society of Association Executives and Georgia Society of Association Executives


If done well, internship programs can offer tremendous benefits to small-to-medium-sized organizations, in terms of increasing productivity and recruiting future staff members. But, how do you get started? Can your organization handle managing another program? Join Tracey Dowling and Li Pon, of Florida State University’s Career Center, for an in-depth workshop that takes the guesswork out of creating, offering and sustaining quality internships for college students.

Takeaways include:
- Tips for drafting a position description that entices applicants and helps you to filter out qualified candidates.
- Tips for making your internship program an win/win for your organization and the college students.
- Tips for promoting your opportunities and making them stand out among the rest.
- Tips for managing college students and their internship projects.
And, more!

Tracey Dowling
Tracey serves as a Program Director of Experiential Learning at Florida State University (FSU) and has been working with employers to launch and manage quality internship programs since 2004, at University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, Emory...More
Li Pon
Li serves as a Senior Assistant Director of Experiential Learning at Florida State University (FSU) and has been connecting college students with real-world work experiences since 2010, at both FSU and Tallahassee Community College.

Originally Published

February 27, 2019

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Hiring Interns 101 - Developing a Sustainable Internship Program - Video
  • Hiring Interns 101 - Developing a Sustainable Internship Program - Handout
  • On-boarding Checklist

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

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