For her marketing internship this summer, Claire Freier would check in with her bosses each morning to update them on the status of her projects. They would give her feedback and direction for moving forward.
It all sounds routine, but this was not your typical internship. Those daily check-ins were all done via email, phone or Skype. Claire was a virtual intern working with a virtual team to help launch a virtual startup.
Virtual internships are becoming more common for college students. In 2013, Internships.com listed 8,000 virtual internships and reported a 20% increase from the previous year. “In the last 10 years they’ve gone from almost unheard of to being something almost every college student has at least considered,” said Steven Rothberg, founder of CollegeRecruiter.com.
Claire is part of that trend and we are so glad she considered a virtual internship. Because the virtual startup she worked for this summer is The Heart of Marketing.
Like a lot of small and midsized companies, we are short on the human capital needed to accomplish our business objectives. So we brought Claire on board to help.
In this episode we share all we learned about making a virtual internship work. And we invited Claire to give her perspective from the trenches.
- The number one challenge college students face in landing an internship
- How to overcome communication barriers in a virtual team
- Tools for sharing work-in-process with virtual team members
- The key success factors in making an internship work for a virtual startup
- Why small/medium enterprises have the most to gain from hiring interns