Internships are a great way for millennials to explore careers without fully committing to a full-time job.
Learning about the unique nature of a particular field helps young people discover clarity on what they actually want to do for their career. Not only that, but countless studies indicate that internships are still one of the best ways to get a better job opportunity after finishing college or graduate school.
For millennials looking for an internship, where should they begin their search? Someone looking for an opportunity next year can read the Most Prestigious Internships list. But what happens when that highly ranked program of the future doesn’t actually provide the promised value?
Past success can be a powerful predictor of future success, so those looking for the right internship opportunity should look back to see which companies have the best programs.
According to one recent survey conducted by WayUp, the number one internship program for 2017 was Under Armour, the athletic apparel and lifestyle brand. They finished ahead of brands like Google and Facebook, who typically are ranked at the top for their internship programs.
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How did Under Armour beat out popular brands like Disney, ESPN, Google, and Facebook? What can leaders learn from this top-rated program to better engage their millennial interns? I spoke with Chris Hong, VP Talent Acquisition, Human Resources at Under Armour to find out.
It must be a company priority
“The Under Armour Rookie Program is our investment in the next generation of diverse talent that will lead the brand in the future,” says Hong. “Through internships, we scout the talent early and bring in the best who can join the team and work with us to empower athletes everywhere.”
Sometimes businesses assume the smartest investments are in things, not people. Yet the opposite is true. When a company prioritizes people as its primary investment, it sees a much greater return in the future.
Have top leadership take ownership of the experience
“Support from all levels makes an impact,” notes Hong. “From our managers and mentors who work directly with the Rookie, to our executives who take part in our Leadership Speaker Series, we have incredible leaders at all levels who are generous with their time.”
Initiatives like an internship program live and die on the investment from top leadership. Some leaders may say it’s important to the company, but their words are only true when combined with action. And the best person to model this investment is the founder and CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, who spends an hour with each Rookie every year. He uses this time to share his experiences and model the importance of the program to other leaders.
Empower people to make decisions
“Empower Rookies (interns) like you would your teammates,” says Hong. “We’re constantly impressed by the contributions Rookies make to the team during their internships. They’re hungry, curious, gritty and fearless.”
Find top talent everywhere
“Talented students are everywhere and more discoverable than ever before,” notes Hong. “Our recruiting efforts are designed to find students who can make a difference on the team wherever they are, and we know we have to look globally for great talent.”
Forbes.com | October 12, 2017 | Wes Gay