With the economy the way it is, it seems we hear more and more about people doing “internships” these days. For many companies, it’s a way of getting cheap help. And for many college students or recent grads, it’s a way of getting your foot in the door, when a job may not be available.
With all due respect, I think an internship should be so much more.
The dictionary definition of an “internship” goes like this: “A student or a recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training. It is any formal program, which provides practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession. It represents a period of time during which a beginner acquires experience in an occupation or pursuit.”
Last month, we hosted our annual National Leadership Forum in Atlanta. Our six interns and apprentices played a huge role in pulling this event off. In fact, we couldn’t have done it without them. They helped plan it, prepare for it, set it up, and execute it. Many of the creative elements in the Forum…were their ideas.
What We Give Them:
We believe interns ought to be given the following people as they serve:
Models—people to observe and emulate, as they grow their leadership skills.
Managers—people who offer clear direction as they execute tasks and projects.
Mentors—people who invest in them, teach them and guide them in their career.
What They Get:
As a result of an internship, we hope our students gain the following gifts:
Experience—practice meeting clients, researching for a new book, planning events.
Exposure—meeting and watching significant leaders in our community and city.
Evaluation—reflection time with supervisors who help assess their skill sets.
Do you know anyone who is up for this kind of an experience? We are accepting applications for TWO MORE INTERNSHIP POSITIONS this fall. Our fall positions go from late August until the Christmas holidays.
We are looking for bright, energetic young adults who embrace our cause of developing a new generation of young leaders. Interested? Apply Here: www.GrowingLeaders.com/Internship.