Creating a Remote Internship

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Best practices to design a remote internship for students

Create a Remote Internship

A Virtual Internship should be centered around a very substantial project for a student. Depending on the setting, a virtual internship can range from as little as 80 hours to as many as 400 hours. Think big - what could a student make a substantial contribution to, without being supervised in person?

Context

Provide real context about your business and the intern's work. What problems are you trying to solve? What industry are you in? What details about your business will help students connect to what you're trying to? The more they understand your business, the better their work is likely to be.

Scope

When you're creating a virtual internship, think of it as a major project, rather than a job description. With the student not there in person, it's preferable for the internship to center around a primary project that the student can always fall back to, rather than open-ended details. This may involve to include other responsibilities over time.

Experience

When your project is being reviewed by students, they'll be interested in your experience in the field and your experience as a manager. Give some detail on how you can provide a learning opportunity as a mentor or supervisor (or if you're not going to be the student's primary contact, how that person will!).

Flexibility

Your project is your own, but it will need to fit with the learning outcomes for educators in order to be selected. When you're interacting with educators, they may request that you make the project scope larger or smaller, or adjust details to fit the students' skill level.

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