Have you considered hiring interns for your business? Internships offer valuable opportunities that many companies and industries often overlook. More than just a "pick up your boss' coffee" or "file and copy" job, internships offer a temporary exchange of services between a company and an intern. They're mutually beneficial for everyone—for your company, your intern, and our industry.
You gain an extra set of hands to help accomplish your company's goals.
Your intern gains new skills and experience, learns about the power of the promotional products industry and is given the opportunity to explore a potential career path.
Our industry gains visibility with the student, their peers and others.
You might also find yourself a great, new full-time employee!
Every internship looks different based on the company, role and career interest. An intern may be a high school student looking to gain basic business skills, a university junior interested in supply chain, or even an adult exploring a new career path in sales. Paid or unpaid, the work can be tailored to the needs of the business and the interests of the intern, and it may span the timeframe of a semester, a summer, a year, or any length of time determined by the employer.
When you hire an intern, remember to add them to your PPAI company roster for the duration of their employment. This provides your intern with access to PPAI’s Online Education Platform, which contains our full library of recorded webinars, as well as research and other PPAI Member resources. You can leverage our online education, including programs like our Trained Advertising Specialist Certificate, to educate your intern about the promotional products industry as they also learn through their role and assignments with your company.
For help adding your intern to your PPAI company roster, please call 888-426-7724 x3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Resources For Employers
- Key to Internships: Ruling It In or Ruling It Out, Cooperative Education & Internship Association
- Students: Internships Positively Impact Competencies, National Association of Colleges and Employers
- 15 Best Practices for Internship Programs, National Association of Colleges and Employers
- 6 Tips to Create a Compliant Unpaid Internship Program, Society for Human Resource Management
- If The Marketing Career Fits, American Marketing Association
Building An Internship Program
- U.S. Department Of Labor Guidelines For Internships, The Balance Careers
- Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act, U.S. Department Of Labor
- Internship Standards And Guidelines, Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
- Guidance for Setting Up An Internship Program
- Sample Job Descriptions
- Sample Intern Confidentiality Agreement
- Marketing Job Titles, American Marketing Association
- National Association of Colleges and Employers
- Cooperative Education & Internship Association
- National Society for Experiential Education