I started my first internship program several years ago. I had been a part of a blogging internship the year before and the benefits that it gave me were many. I learned so much in the process and really appreciated the opportunities it had given me. As a result, I knew that creating an internship program to help others would be a win-win situation.
The way my internship program works is that I put the word out that I was going to be recruiting an intern. The first time I did this I actually took on several interns, but all but one of them dropped out due to time constraints. For the intern who stayed she benefited even more due to my one on one time with her. So for future internships I held interviews and narrowed my applications down. I then chose only one intern and held the program one-to-one.
I also had a specific set of skills that I required the intern to already have as well as a set of skills I was promising to teach them. They would benefit from the skills that they were able to add to their business. In return I would use their present skills to help me in my business. They received the training of the intern program in exchange for doing simple tasks in my business. I require up to 10 hours weekly in exchange for over 24 hours of training and 8 weeks of 24 hour support. I am available via email for any questions that my intern has.
My first intern and I not only maintained a great working relationship, we also formed a wonderful friendship that still exists today. She was my right arm in my business for over a year, because she chose to continue working with me even after the 8 week internship program had ended.
My current internship program includes the following training topics:
- Choosing your niche.
- Setting prices.
- Setting up a website.
- List setup and management.
- Marketing and promotion.
- Customer Service.
- Getting and Keeping Clients.
- And much more!
So, if you’re a blogger and you need some extra help, but maybe you cannot afford a virtual assistant consider setting up an internship program. They can definitely be a win-win for both parties involved.
And if you are thinking you’d want to intern for me, then I’ve got good news. I will be needing a new intern in March, so stay tuned!