GEOinterns supports both traditional and virtual internships. Virtual internships allow a constant stream of student interns from around the globe. There are no scheduling restrictions, and the company gets access to the on-the-ground intelligence. It’s never been easier to localize content and make sure that corporate-messaging is culturally appropriate. Virtual internships are a valuable addition to any diversity program.
Most companies have joined the bandwagon and recognized the value of offering internships. Recruitment for these spots is usually a local affair, considering the cost to the students relocating and at best working for low wages. There are a few important best strategies and best practices that are lost in this approach. Cue in the virtual Internship concept.
Here are five good reasons to start a virtual internship program.
Okay. I said there are only offer five reasons. I lied. Here is one more.
And finally, perhaps the most compelling reason for starting a virtual internship at your company—do good. Virtual internships allow companies to help those, who by virtue of their location, are not able to get quality access to interesting, future-forward jobs. When your company gives someone from the other side of the world (or just from the other side of the tracks) a chance, you do good in the world. And that might be the most compelling reason of all.
GEOinterns has deep expertise in the fast-growing technology sector. We work to maintain a vast network of relationships with hiring managers all over the world. In a world where the next big opportunity relies on “being in the know,” we will help your students find just the right internship to further their careers.
We don’t only have a large network of industry insiders, but we developed online tools and support structures that help promote individual students. We use these tools to get the placement each student deserves based on their unique set of skills and temperamental makeup.
For those students that can afford to travel, GEOinterns sets up onsite corporate visits for its interns. Such visits tend to be short enough not to require additional visa paperwork for international students. An onsite visit is good ways to extend and enrich the experience of virtual internship, but it is by no means required. We work to satisfy the unique needs of each of our interns.
Internships, virtual or otherwise, help shape students’ professional profiles. But they are but one part of it. GEOinterns helps each of its interns to develop an overall personal market brand. We help review their CVs; we work with shaping their LinkedIn profiles; we negotiate recommendation letters from the managers from their virtual internships. We also help with identifying and standardizing their skills set and match them to the most requested on LinkedIn. We also ask our corporate partners to “up vote” those skills on LinkedIn if they find that their virtual interns did a great job for them.
GEOinterns uses video interviews as a way to present its virtual internship candidates to its corporate partners. Our candidates live all over the world, and we believe that the best way to present them is through short introduction videos. These videos don’t replace the traditional Skype interviews, but they do have many advantages for our corporate partners:
Subsequent to the selection process via resumes and introductory video interviews, the few chosen interns can participate in a real-time video conferencing with the decision makers to finalize the hiring choice.
It is all about student outcomes and serving a more diverse population of students with methods to help their employability. Virtual internships help level the playing field.