Best Practices for Summer Internship Employers: Part I, the Student Response
This is the first in a series of blogs on language industry internships. Read the other installments in this series:
- Best Practices for Summer Internship Employers: Part II, the Employer's Perspective
- Best Practices for Summer Internships: Part III, Partnering with the Career Services Office
Best Practices of Summer Internship Employers
At the Monterey Institute, we emphasize the importance of summer internships. The following insights have been gathered from graduate student interns from 2013. Typically our graduate students enter the program with around 3 years of post-BA experience. Last year, 92% of our first-year Translation and Localization Management (TLM) students secured such an internship. Some students were even fortunate enough to receive multiple offers. That's the bright side.
My colleague Jeff Wood and I witnessed plenty of organizations mishandling the recruitment process, to the extent that some managed to dissuade our students from taking advantage of their internship opportunities.
To help employers design internships and internship recruiting strategies that will be more attractive, persuasive and competitive in the upcoming 2014 recruiting season, I collected feedback from both parties.
In Part I of this series, we present the responses from current second-year TLM grad students Allie Browne and Adrienne Lubbert who completed internships.
The Student Response:
Q: How did your employer ensure that your internship addressed the needs of the company, while also meeting your needs for professional growth?
"I was paired with a project manager, and was shown how to do tasks according to the company's expectations and standards." "I was only the second intern they'd had, but there was a detailed training plan laid out for me. The plan covered everything... company values and mission, ISO Standards and Compliance, workflows, all servers/file-sharing tools/CAT tools, email etiquette. We also had training sessions with the heads of various departments to review standard processes."
"I had an end-of-internship lunch with the CEO as well as an exit interview."
"The internship 'wrap-up' meeting was more focused on what I liked and didn't like about the internship as a whole, what I thought they could do to improve the program for future interns."
Q: Were there any recruiting practices that swayed you towards or away from a particular employer?
"I was drawn to employers that seemed to be forward-thinking, tech-savvy, and most importantly, the right fit for me. I needed to connect on a personal level and feel comfortable with someone I would be working for/with."
Q: What were some of the factors that influenced your final decision to accept an offer?
"My final decision was influenced heavily by salary, location, and duration of the internship. Some internships were unpaid or weren't paid enough to even cover rent. I also tried to stay away from internships that were shorter because I had almost four months during which I needed a full-time income. I also was drawn more to internships that had me actively doing more work. In the end, I opted for an internship where I would be working full-time for the whole summer, learning all of the different aspects of translation project management, and taking on my own projects."
In Part II of this series, I will present the views on best practices from two of our intern employers.
Ted Bouras is the Career and Academic Advisor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, with over 20 years of experience in student advising, career education, and administration. Fifteen of those years were spent in MBA career services and program management positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northern Arizona University and the University of New Mexico. Ted earned a Master's of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Communications Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Jeff Wood is the Career and Academic Advisor for translation and interpretation students/alumni at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Jeff has over 41 years of experience in student advising, career education, and nonprofit management. Thirty-nine of those years were spent at the Monterey Institute, Occidental College, UCLA, Williams College and Bennington College. Jeff earned a Master’s degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University-New England (Keene, NH) and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Lake Forest College (Illinois).