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Businesses Can Give Interns A Chance to Shine -- or Whine

by Joyce M. Rosenberg
Thursday May 11, 2017
In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017, photo, small business owner Cristina Hermida poses for a photo, in Miami. Hermida, who owns two companies, Inside Crowd and Green Hopping, has interns who work for her remotely
In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017, photo, small business owner Cristina Hermida poses for a photo, in Miami. Hermida, who owns two companies, Inside Crowd and Green Hopping, has interns who work for her remotely  (Source:AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Small business owners preparing to take on interns can quickly learn that they need mentoring in addition to training, ongoing feedback as well as supervision and perhaps a few life lessons. Depending on the work they're doing, they may also need to be paid.

Experts say owners should resist any impulse to give interns the drudge tasks others don't want, and try to involve interns in meaningful work that will help them learn about the business and the industry.

Amity Fox, who directs the internship program at Dickinson College, says an owner can help ensure an intern will have a good experience by talking with them at the get-go about expectations on both sides.

Owners can also find they need to discuss matters like how to dress and how to act at work.


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