Garden State Woman just recruited Dana as a summer intern and fully expects it to be a win-win experience for her and for us. We have typically brought an intern aboard for a few months most summers. Almost without exception it worked out great for everyone.
Finding the right intern
There is no one way to find a quality summer intern. They can be spotted by inquiring at the various colleges in the area and by talking with people in your networks who may have young people they know who are looking to have a productive summer.
In our most recent case we ran an ad in mid April for a part time marketing person or intern on Craigs List. Dana responded along with a bunch of others. Without exception the other people answering our ad did a terrible job with their responses. This surprised us since usually we have good luck recruiting full and part time people on Craigs List (except for sales people, they are always the hardest to find).
Dana's response was short, to the point and flawless. She attached her resume indicating she was just completing her second year at Susquehanna University. She lives in Long Valley where Garden State Woman is located so our location was one appeal. Dana is a communications major and connecting with a multi-media company serving New Jersey women, like Garden State Woman, was a good fit for her professionally.
We had a phone call and arranged to meet in early May when Dana ended her classes for the year. The meeting went great and we all quickly agreed to start working together. Hopefully Dana will be with us until mid July when she leaves for a semester of studying abroad in Australia – good for her!