Give a kid a break! Create an internship for your next project! Hire a student for meaningful work experience. Lots of college students are on summer break looking for jobs, opportunities, connections, experience. Today, I hired an intern to assist me with a new project I’m working on with a non-profit organization. It’s a collaboration and the event will be a retreat for women at a luxurious property in Scottsdale, Arizona, in November (deets soon!). And I need help because this girl is busy! So. I thought about what I could do to get some help. And then I went to a party at a friend’s house and learned her daughter was home for the summer from college. In a split second, I remembered a conversation I had with her daughter in December about her desire to be a corporate event planner. Bingo! Camille started her internship with me today! Insert happy dance here! Here’s a selfie Camille took of us today while she was showing me how to use Snapchat. Yeah, she knows stuff. A lot of stuff.
Here’s why I am writing this blog tonight. I want to encourage you, maybe inspire you to create an internship for your next project and hire a college student. Not to babysit; not to mow your lawn; not to scrape scum off your pool; not to move your crap from room-to-room; and not to serve you some food. A real, meaningful assignment with good pay that reflects their value and current skill level that they are bringing to your project. Yes, it is a special relationship because internships are different that “jobs”. There is a mentor-quality to the gig. I will spend time explaining, teaching, and encouraging my intern to grow, experience, and contribute in ways that are new. And, she will teach me patience, turn-me-on to new perspectives, help me see things through her fresh eyes and likely get me Snapchatting My Stories. I’m buzzed, and she’s got a project to add to her resume plus some cash. When I ran a non-profit in the Bay Area a million years ago in the art biz, I hired interns, sometimes a handful of them and found corporate sponsorship to pay their stipends. This is way easier. I just pay them. Nobody to convince.
I thought as a parting thought I would share my negotiation skills for stipends. I said “how much would you like to be paid”. She hesitated for a moment and I knew there was a wondering of self-value, so I said “what is your value; just tell me the first number that drops into your head”. She did. It was the same number I had in my head. We’re going with that. Easy. Pay your interns fairly. They bring more to the table than you may be first aware. Here’s the thing, folks – We’re all students and we’re all masters, all at the same time.
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