14 Ways To Turn Summer Interns Into Future Star Employees

Finding new employees that you’ll know for sure are a perfect match for your team can be difficult, but instead of rolling the dice on a new hire, companies can leverage summer internships to locate and nurture talent before they enter the job market.

Turning these excited youngsters into members of a professional team sometimes requires a little bit of insight on the part of the hiring company. A business doesn’t create full-time star employees by chance, but by the precise application of programs that help the intern recognize his or her talent and how to best apply it to the job.

Below, 14 members of Forbes Communications Council explore some of the methods that a company can use to grow today’s intern into tomorrow’s employee of the month.

Internships are a great way for new grads to learn the ropes of the industry, but it’s also a great way for them to build professional connections. Oftentimes, interns feel unqualified or disconnected from the team they are coming into. From my experience, inviting them out for happy hour or including them in team building events really gives them a sense of your company’s culture. – Antoine Bonicalzi, Cyberimpact.

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