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Rebecca Kantar: The Power of Interns

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I am a huge fan of the use of interns in propelling an organization - especially start ups/social enterprises which can't afford to hire a full time team. Here is a great article on the power of internsĀ 

This to me is the most important part:

3. Give structure and autonomy

Before you invite interns to join your team, have a plan of what projects they will work on. I began by asking, "what needs to be done?" Create a comprehensive plan that divides your projects into weekly mini-tasks. I decided to have our interns work in teams. Since our team is located throughout the northeast, most of our meetings are done virtually. At Minga, our leaders oversee teams of two to three interns. These teams focus on one task each week. Teams receive a detailed preparation packet that explains the task for that week, its importance, the expected deliverable, and a list of resources that will be useful starting points for completing the task. How teams communicate, delegate, and present their work each week is entirely up to them. Every Friday, teams present their accomplishments, ask for input, and make recommendations to the entire Minga group.

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