York University says use an intern to get something done this summer
The University of York offers employers the opportunity to engage with the skills of enthusiastic and motivated students and graduates from across the world. Projects are established according to the needs of the business, aiming to provide tangible outcomes for both them and the student. Internship projects run for 6-12 weeks, operating on a rolling basis throughout the year but with a particular emphasis on the summer months when interns can join a business on a full time basis. Although most projects take place at the employer’s premises, virtual internships can enable work to be completed remotely, with catch-ups via Skype or email. The University have developed systems that make bringing an intern into the business extremely easy, with very little administration. Interns receive a minimum hourly rate of training allowance from the business, although the University may be able to contribute funding to small-medium enterprises (under 250 employees) and handle the process of payment.
A recent example of an effective internship project was run with York Energi Trampoline Park. Kieran Podbury, a second year Business and Management student, joined Energi over the summer to conduct a market research project into current trends, technology and competition of trampoline parks globally. From this research Kieran was then able to advise the business on how best to keep Energi at the forefront of next generation trampoline parks.