Here’s how you make your work integrated learning (WIL) program successful, starting with the first hire:
- Define your hiring objectives: Make sure you know what you want to achieve by hiring a student. Your objectives will be the foundation of your program’s success.
- Engage your staff: Share your hiring objectives with your team. Employees can use those objectives to proactively support your internship program. They can learn more about students’ experiences, provide resources, mentor students, and help to improve the program.
- Create the right culture: The new generation of workers flourishes in a dynamic, diverse and inclusive environment, an environment that fosters innovation, and where they find a clear purpose.
- Provide meaningful work: Meaningful work happens when people understand how the work they do each day both helps them develop new skills, and helps the organization progress towards its vision and meet its objectives.
- Coach and provide feedback: Great coaching gives interns insights into themselves and informs their career journey.
- Create a connection: When students connect to an organization’s mission – and the people they work with – they enjoy and profit from the internship more.
- Foster learning and development: Create experiential learning experiences for students. Enable them to both develop new skills and knowledge and reflect on what they learn.
The Hiring Lifecycle
There are some important steps in the WIL hiring lifecycle, from the design of the position, through to recruitment, orientation, performance management, engagement and evaluation – all of which help to bring your internship to life.
Step #1: Determine your needs
Step #2: Create an accurate job description
Step #3: Post the job description
Step #4: Interview students
Step #5: Hire students
Step #6: Onboard the students
Step #7: Evaluate the students
Click here to download the comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide that will help you to create a work term that is meaningful for both you and the students you welcome to your team.