Concurrent Session
Some of My Best Hires Started as Interns: Win the War for Talent with a Successful Internship Program
Bayou AB
Monday 04/08/2019 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Add to calendar
1.00 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: Business Acumen, HR Expertise, Leadership & Navigation | Intended Audience: Senior-Level
Workplace Application:
You will learn why internship programs can positively impact your bottom line and help fill your full-time-hire candidate pipelines. 

In today's war for talent, employers need to look at all possible sources to feed their candidate pipelines. One of the most strategic options carrying low risk, little cost and a huge upside continues to be the development and execution of an intern program initiative. Slowly integrating matriculating students into your culture as a 'minor league system' of talent can shorten future hire times as well as significantly reduce learning curves and even turnover rates. This session will review the core components of a successful internship program, including effective candidate-sourcing techniques, proper training for managers, compensation strategies and planning for successfully converting interns to full-time employees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why intern programs are low-risk ways to fill candidate pipelines, and how to build successful programs that will lead to the conversion of interns to full-time hires.
  • Define intern compensation and roles (balancing education and work experience) and educate managers to effectively lead this population.
  • Plan a future for the interns you hire.
  • Hear case studies outlining both successes and failures of intern programs.
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David Lewis, Founder, president and CEO,