Hard to believe it but school is about to begin for our interns, and school starting is often seen as the sybolic end of summer. It’s been great having them with us. Two are employees of one of our clients, which we have hosted in our office, and one we claim as our very own. So many benefits, for both them and us. They have learned much of the ins and outs of customer advocacy but that’s only the beginning. With very little experience in an office beforehand they also learned communication skills, how to dress, business etiquette for meetings, and that lunch with your friends might allow for a different set of manners than when in a work setting. They all go to great colleges but there is a lot about day to day behavior in the workplace that they have no way to learn until they are in the workplace!
We benefit as well. Nothing like having your documentation tested by someone with fresh eyes and that has never used any of the referenced applications! We’ve been able to accomplish much more with their help. While we might have to do some teaching or reviewing they have been able to contribute from day one, allowing us to get to ‘wish list’ projects. Having interns also provides a growth opportunity for Referential staff. Mentoring others is valuable experience and we did match each intern to staff for the bulk of their work.
Being honest, we’re looking for a great pool of talent to help us not only in the summer but throughout the school year and just possibly to join Referential, or one of our clients, once they graduate. We’ve had interns for years and the set we have now is great, we’ve been very happy to work with them. And we must thank them for introducing us to a wonderful fried chicken restaurant, another benefit!