You know already that offering internships isn’t all about you, right? But it’s not all about the interns either – it’s a mutual contract. But let’s start with how a virtual intern can be just right for your business.
If the work that you want your intern to do can be accomplished online, you immediately have a far wider pool of personnel to draw from. In theory they can be anywhere in the world. If your business is international, it could be perfect to have someone who comes from one of the locations you do business in.
Even for local candidates for internships, selecting virtual interns can make your working life simpler. You won’t have to find office space for them and you may not have to jump through hoops to organize access passes, parking, and all the other little things that arise – possibly including expenses like additional insurance. Or, if you work from home, you can keep it sacrosanct.
The training goal of the internship probably won’t be virtual– it will be the ins and outs of your particular business or industry. So if you’re seeking help from a virtual intern you will most likely be selecting someone who already has online working skills. People who have acquired these skills are usually self-motivated, organized, and computer literate. An intern who can already work independently to some extent is a bonus for you before you even get started on the work itself.
A bonus for your potential virtual interns is that there’s no commuting. Quite apart from the fact that virtual working is the green solution, transport costs aren’t getting any cheaper, and if they’re not being paid to help you out in your business this can be a financial strain (unless you’re prepared to subsidize their travel to work costs). The perfect intern for your business might well be someone who can’t commute in, perhaps because of simple distance, or perhaps because of family responsibilities or disability.
With video calling and internet communications, plus a bit of effort, you can forge a working relationship with a virtual intern that is just as strong as if they were actually in your workplace. If you have efficient systems and all parties have that crucial basic requirement – a reliable broadband connection – then virtual internships can be the most attractive option for you and whoever you choose to help you in your business. It’s certainly worth giving some thought…
Deanna Maio, The Intern Expert, teaches small business owners how to grow their business significantly while still having time to live a great life. For FREE tips on how to find, select, and manage interns successfully to grow your business and profits, visit http://www.GetFreeHelpWithInterns.com/