4 steps to create a pipeline-building internship program for your VC firm or startup
This is a guest post by Kristy Campbell, COO of Rev1 Ventures, who leads the startup studio and seed investor’s inclusive entrepreneurship efforts.
A successful internship program is an invaluable asset for startups and VC firms seeking to foster a pipeline of talent and drive innovation. As summer comes to a close, many organizations are wrapping up their programs and, hopefully, evaluating what went right and identifying areas for improvement.
Internship programs vary widely — structured or self-directed (a blend is probably best), remote or in-person (that’s up to you), paid or unpaid (please pay your employees!) — are just some of the basics to consider when designing your internship program. Regardless of your approach, there are several best practices to follow to ensure yours is a success. By focusing on a few crucial areas, companies can create an enriching and impactful experience for interns, while also contributing to the growth and success of the firm in the long run.
Let’s dive into some of the key lessons we’ve learned along the way.1. Communicate, communicate, communicate
Whether your interns are fully remote, fully in-office or hybrid, open lines of communication are the foundation of any successful internship program. Clearly outline expectations, deliverables, and processes from day one to ensure everyone is set up for success. This also includes outlining the communication process itself. Will you email, Slack, text, meet via Zoom, or use a combination? Make sure however you’re doing it, you’re creating regular communication touchpoints to keep interns engaged.
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If you are in college and hoping to use an internship to get your foot in the door of the financial industry, you are not alone. The competition for such slots will likely be intense, but the good news is that there are certain things you can do to enhance your chances of landing a position that will provide you with the skills and experience necessary to succeed in a variety of finance-related fields.
This article will highlight some of the important considerations to check off the proverbial list before going after that internship. If you know the approximate career path you want to take, why not get started as quickly as possible? Key TakeawaysAn internship while in college can be a great way to get your foot into the door in the financial industry.Many financial firms offer summer internship programs which they then offer full-time positions from.The number of internship slots is limited and the competition is fierce given the high demand for these roles.Prospective candidates need to ensure they market themselves well to land an interview and then ace that interview to land the internship.Candidates need to make sure their resume is perfect, highlight relevant experience, apply early, and over prepare for the interview if they want to grab an internship.1. Triple-Check Your Resume
First things first, you need to have a clean and clear resume. Proofread your resume for any spelling errors. Don’t just trust the built-in spell-check program on your device and, if possible, have someone else read it too. Correct any spelling, style, or grammatical mistakes. Then, check it again. You can never proofread your resume too thoroughly.
Check your resume for any inaccuracies or situations where you may have stretched the truth—like where it says that you worked in “cash management,” but the job really entailed working the register at Panera; or the job that shows you as holding a position in the entertainment industry, which actually was the job of a movie theater ticket-taker.