Employers Should Plan Now for Spring Interns

Organizations are being urged to take advantage of opportunities to host college interns during the spring academic term as 2007 approaches. Interns are not only added resources, but they will be the next generation of employee talent and this new workforce needs to develop as the time approaches when a vast number of Baby Boomers reach retirement age.

The president of Z University.org, Matthew Zinman says, "There are more students in need of internships than there are employer 'site sponsors' to host them. This is not just unfortunate for students' workforce readiness needs, but at least as much for businesses and organizations to leverage the opportunity to add intern productivity to the bottom line."

ZU has created an Intern ToolkitT as a complete resource to help employers easily establish and maintain an intern program that can have real value for both students and businesses and enable host sites to develop and provide many free internships-related resources, webinars, articles, assessment tools and white papers.

"Any business that hires college graduates or simply needs added resources stands to benefit from having interns. Businesses will find college students to be highly capable, highly motivated and, if well-managed, highly valuable," adds Zinman. "They can quickly perform a variety of routine tasks, such as any involving research, writing, event planning, making phone calls and computer work. When you add the opportunity to apply students' chosen career skills, the value of internships quickly becomes clear."

Intern Toolkit has a proprietary "core system" that is designed to make the students very productive and contributors to the value of the business. Consisting of seven modules and almost 60 components with step-by-step best practices and adaptable templates consisting of checklists, worksheets, evaluations and legal forms, the resources will support program management needs from basic to advanced. The business skills training materials of the Toolkit come in spiral bound reference guides, with all the contents on CD-ROM for the user to adapt as needed. The system was created based on Mr. Zinman's 20 years of experience with intern programs and his personal management of more than 200 students. For further information, the website is http://www.ZUniversity.org

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