When to Hire Fall Interns

By Adam Robinson,
July 25, 2013

Does anyone else feel like the summer has just flown by? Back-to-school ads are out in full force, and soon enough Kohl’s and Target will begin featuring boots and jackets in their weekly circulars. So what does this mean for you as a hiring manager? It’s time to start recruiting interns.

Yes, it is only July. And yes, most college students won’t even be thinking about school until the first day of classes in late August. But that doesn’t mean you should put off hiring interns until school starts. For one, you want to be able to hire from the most qualified candidate pool. Plus, if the position isn’t paid, you’re going to have an even more difficult time filling the position later on. And wouldn’t you rather know that your fall intern positions are squared away rather than scrambling at the last minute. 

So, when should you start the intern search? Now. 

Fall semester begins within the last two weeks of August for most state schools. Although private universities differ, many start immediately following Labor Day. 

What should you put in the job description?

Job descriptions for internship positions are very similar to those for full-time positions. They should both include information on the position responsibilities and skill requirements. But for internships, the job description should briefly outline what the student will learn, with whom they’ll be working, the length of the internship and whether it is paid or for school credit. 

What should you look for in an intern’s resume? 

Remember that you’re hiring an intern, so their resume is likely going to look pretty sparse. These are college kids you’re dealing with, so don’t be surprised if their experience is limited to working at the local grocery store. With interns, it’s not so much their experience as it is their skill set, adaptability and ability to learn. 

Stay tuned for internship interview questions coming in a few weeks! Good luck and start sourcing those interns!

Is your job description good enough to attract the best interns? Just to be safe, take a look at this eBook and refresh your memory on what to include. 

About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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