Make Your Internship a Win-Win!
by: Sam Peregrine, Craila Nixon, Rosemary Rojas, and Matt Brunner
The decision to start an internship program involves planning and thoughtful consideration. As employers are increasingly looking for employees with experience, why shouldn’t new hires gain that experience at your company?! Knowing where to begin can seem overwhelming, but before you reject the idea of an internship program, consider these benefits and helpful tips.
Expand Your Network
Interns have a vast network of relationships, and building an internship program can help you effectively tap into those networks. By creating a meaningful and exciting internship, interns will be quick to share their experiences with friends, family, and classmates. So, if you are proud of your organization and its culture, why not share the experience?
Build Your Brand
An intern who has a positive experience can serve as a brand advocate and help develop your organization’s reputation as a desirable place to work. The best candidates will naturally be drawn to the organization with the strongest reputation. Additionally, in an increasingly socially-minded consumer market, guests and customers will pay attention to how you treat your employees.
Mold Your New Hires
Think about it, if you give your interns a genuine work experience at your company, you have a batch of eligible new hires just waiting there, ready to hit the ground running. They will be trained in the nuances of your business and be able to contribute right away. Isn’t a seasoned entree always better than a bland one?
Provide Meaningful Work
Interns will appreciate the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in their field of study, as well as seeing how their role impacts your company. Ensure you assign tasks that have a specific objective that benefit both your restaurant and intern. See below for some recommended job functions:
|INTERN DUTIES||DON’T DO||DO|
|Order lunch for the office||✖|
|Create marketing materials
(signs, flyers, etc.)
|Clean the office||✖|
|Shadow manager tasks
(Vendor orders, budgeting, etc.)
|Make copies all day every day||✖|
|Learn BOH processes||✔|
|Running personal errands
(Dry cleaning, babysitting, etc.)
Still wondering which internships make sense for your business?
Not all restaurant internships have to be aimed at aspiring chefs. Whether you’re looking for a social media guru or business major, you can find an intern who can benefit any of the various departments that contribute to a restaurant’s success. If you need guidance on responsibilities and job expectations for your interns, reach out to your HR Consultant for help. We can assist with job descriptions, FLSA compliance, and much more.