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How to manage summer interns: 5 expert tips from LinkedIn

Kristin Burnham | May 17, 2012
Managing interns -- plus your own workload -- can be tricky. Here are five expert tips from LinkedIn to help you both make the most of the partnership.

4. Manage your time. One of the questions Williams is asked most frequently is how much time you should spend checking in on your intern and managing him. Williams says that a small investment of time on a weekly basis is going to save you time in the long run, especially if you want him to take on tasks that will lessen your load.

"Conduct weekly meetings to talk about goals for the week, instead of checking in daily," Williams recommends. "Have an agenda instead of just shooting the breeze. Remind them that this is their opportunity to learn so encourage them to be self-directed, but confirm deadlines and where they're allowed to take initiative and learn on their own accord."

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5. Know when to say goodbye. The worst thing an employer can do is keep an internship going with no end-or pay-in sight, Williams says.

"If they really have done a stellar job for you, have learned everything they can in the context of this opportunity, but you just don't have the resources to hire them, then flat out let them know."

Encourage interns to look for a position that pays if they're currently unpaid, Williams recommends, and write them a recommendation and reach out to your network to see if you have contacts that might be a good fit for them.



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