In this presentation, Serena Williams shares the value-adding, project-based internship program her team uses that can be adapted to other organizations. She presents a convincing case for a return on investment in internships, and a set of guidelines for avoiding some of the pitfalls that often prevent agencies from hiring interns.
Serena also provides a description of, and instructions on, designing a project-based internship program, and leads participants through the Avantpage internship cycle as well as how the team determines which projects are appropriate, and how others might apply this for their own company structure and needs.
Serena Williams is the Quality Manager at Avantpage, Inc., a localization and translation company with offices in Davis, CA, Mexico City, and Warsaw, Poland. She is also a Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis, where she received her PhD. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, a master’s degree in Spanish Literature, and an MBA with an emphasis in Organizational and Behavioral Psychology. After 16 years in academia, Serena brought her teaching experience to Avantpage, which she used to create the internship program there. Since 2015, Avantpage has hosted nine interns for nine different value-adding projects.