Join members of the TU20 team for a lively discussion and active planning session focused on:
Creating and implementing a Shared Intern program that will employ 10 students full-time in July and August 2015
BACKGROUND: THINKING DIFFERENTLY
Inspiration: Chris Herbert and Mark Arteaga’s internship / mentorship stories, shared during the March 2015 TU20 meeting, illustrated that small and micro businesses are interested in and can benefit from involvement in internship programs.
What we know …
- Small business is the growth engine of the economy (Canada’s Economic Action Plan )
- There are over 600,000 small businesses across Canada with fewer than 5 employees (Stats Can 2013); some 4,000 – 5,000 of those businesses are in Halton (from 2007); many are involved in ICT.
- Small businesses with of fewer than 5 employees may find it difficult to fund a full length summer internship, but they would benefit from an influx of skills and ideas in:
- Programming / development
- Project management, research
- Product development, entrepreneurship
- Sales, business development
- Customer service, support
- Business management
So, how do we get more small businesses involved?
- What would an internship program for small / micro businesses look like?
- Where would the jobs come from?
- Where would the students come from?
Do we start with a defined goal?
- Employ 10 students for 8 weeks from July to August 2015
HOW WOULD WE PROCEED?
Create a ‘Shared Intern’ program that would:
- Employ 10 students (in a variety of focus areas) full time for 8 weeks (Jul, Aug)
- Engage each student in 4 x two week projects, each with a different employer, but in their focus area (eg. programming, project management, business development, marketing, design, customer service)
- Ensure that each ‘project’ delivers an opportunity for the student to add value, engage in real work and satisfy a real employer need
- Allow small / micro business owners to engage in an internship without
- a huge time commitment (only 2 weeks) or
- a significant financial burden (outlay of approx. $1,100 = 80 hrs of project work time @ minimum wage + a small SH fee)
- Provide a small amount of funding for SH (10% of the $1,100)
What mix of skills would make up the group of 10 ‘shared interns’?
- 3 x programming, development, project management interns
- 3 x business development, product development, entrepreneurship interns
- 2 x design, marketing, product development interns
- 2 x business management, customer service, support interns
Would a group like this also benefit from meeting 2 or 3 times over the summer to network and share their experiences with each other?
What are YOUR thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
Are there 40 small / micro sized ICT companies in Halton that would each benefit from offering a 2 week internship project between July 1 and August 31, 2015?