One of the most significant advantages of hiring interns is the opportunity to select and develop your future talent. A survey from Bridge states employers have reported converting more than half of qualified interns into full-time hires.
However, interns must learn about the company, position and interact with staff members to make this happen. This can be accomplished through an Intern Orientation, either held virtually or in person.
Intern orientations are a great way to introduce your new interns to the primary activities of your business or organization. It is very important for interns to be warmly welcomed into your organization. The sooner your intern understands your business, the sooner they can assume assigned responsibilities and work efficiently, whether in the office or in a virtual setting. Expectations vary based on the size of your organization or internship program, but here are a few things to review with your new interns:
- Dress code
- Overall responsibilities
- Online workflow systems
- Safety regulations and requirements
Designing a thorough intern orientation and training plan will help interns learn quickly and become productive members of your team. Investing supervisory time with your interns can set the tone for the program and the internship experience. Taking some time to set up virtual team meetings or one-on-ones can help your interns feel more connected to the team and allow them to feel comfortable reaching out when they need help.
Intern Orientation Checklist
- Explain the mission of your organization.
- Explain the organization’s structure and what each department is responsible for.
- Define the intern’s responsibilities and teach them any jargon that will be helpful to their new position.
- Outline the communication platforms that they should use throughout their internship.
Goals Of The Intern Orientation
- Introduce interns to staff members and an intern mentor.
- Give the intern pertinent information about your business or organization’s operations, policies, and procedures.
- Meet members of various departments to equate themselves and individually interact with each staff member.
- Provide an opportunity for interns to meet each other.
- Give the interns the resources they need to work effectively, even in a virtual environment.
- Allow time for interns to determine their professional growth needs and learning goals they wish to achieve.
Make Your Intern Orientation FUN
What better way to orientate potential employees than a team-building activity? Show how fun your organization is by planning an activity to get them involved and get to know each other. Having a team-building experience at your intern orientation can help form close relationships between the interns and staff members of your organization. Better yet, programs that allow you to explore the city are a fun and engaging way to get your interns adjusted to a new environment or setting. Let’s dive into a few:
Some interns may not be from the city your organization is in. To get them acclimated to their new environment, host a scavenger hunt so they can navigate the city. Using an iPad with a custom app to navigate to various GPS “hotspots” to unlock tasks. Challenges, which can put the spotlight on the event area, wrap in photos, videos, trivia, music, and more! Teams can watch their progress on a live leaderboard until shortly before the event ends when teams meet back up where the winning team will be revealed.
This team challenge lets your interns take control and become a drone pilots. Each team member has the opportunity to bring the team to higher altitudes while teams work to collaborate efficiently and soar through obstacles. Will the interns or full-time employees be the quickest to the finish line?
This virtual reality team-building game can be enjoyed remotely or in person. Your team has a secret mission and in order to conquer the infinite loop, your team must communicate efficiently to solve puzzles and unlock levels. While each person has access to information, no one has everything. This is the perfect team-building activity to foster new bonds between interns and full-time employees.
Make sure to check out our in-person and remote team-building activities. Remember your interns may have little to no experience with your organization’s objective, environment, or even working virtually in a professional capacity. A successful intern orientation can help them acclimate more quickly and be more productive both in the office and online!