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Posted by Kate Voltan on 2014-05-01 15:10:36
Title: I am considering hiring an intern and I am seeking advice from someone who has done this before. I a...
Category: Operations

I am considering hiring an intern and I am seeking advice from someone who has done this before. I am a one woman show, but know that I need some extra help in streamlining my social media presence. I know that there are many great students that would be a great fit for my business, but I have no idea how to find them. 1. How do you find an intern? 2. Should you pay them or is it part of an exchange service for class credit? Any and all feedback would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Kate Voltan http://www.katevoltan.com

Answer:

Catherine Goguen
2014-05-06 17:11:15

Hello Kate,

Many post-secondary institutions offer students the opportunity to gain work experience as part of their program of studies. Contact the career services offices in the universities and colleges in your area, or target the departments or programs that are most likely to have students with the social media and communications skills you need. You may find yourself choosing between unpaid interns who are acquiring experience in lieu of a salary or co-op students whose work-terms are paid by the employer. These opportunities will vary by institution. If you, as the employer, are pleased with your intern, successful internships can sometimes lead to permanent positions once any academic requirements are fulfilled.

Financing programs may be available to help you hire an intern or create an internship position. Check out the Canada Business Network financing tool to search for such wage subsidy or tax credit programs. For more about hiring an intern, please see our blog.

Best of luck in your search!

Catherine Goguen, Editor-in-Chief, Canada Business Network