Should the Federal Government Monitor Unpaid Internships?

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A recent report in Canada suggests their federal government should track unpaid internships to reduce exploitation. What if the United States adopted a similar theory and paid closer attention to the regulation of unpaid internships? According to InternMatch’s 2014 Intern Report, 68.5 percent of college students believe internships should be mandatory. If this many college students see the value in internships, … Read More

Heather HuhmanShould the Federal Government Monitor Unpaid Internships?

6 Reasons Interns Are Indispensible Labor

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It’s no surprise that, over the last year, there’s been a growing perception that interns are viewed as cheap or free labor. A number of well-known organizations such as Conde Nast, Fox Searchlight, and even the federal government have compensated their interns for very little income or nothing at all. This growing trend in the internship workforce has caused interns to … Read More

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5 Hypocritical Organizations Denouncing, And Then Offering, Unpaid Internships

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Although most college students and employers agree internships are a necessity for a successful career, the internship debate continues as organizations boast their unpaid internships. College students do internships to gain experience. If these students want to succeed, they need to learn valuable skills. The only way they’re going to learn these skills is by applying what they learn in … Read More

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Diversity Report: Is Your Internship Program Doing Enough?

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It should be a no-brainer that your internship program needs to promote diversity. This month, InternMatch released its 2014 Internship Diversity report. It revealed some impressive stats about employers who are committed to increasing diversity in the workplace by recruiting interns of different backgrounds. Here are some highlights from the report: 81 percent of companies plan on hiring diverse candidates … Read More

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5 Ways To Energize Your Internship Program

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The energy of your internship program can determine the success of your interns and what they accomplish while working for your company. Internships that attract the most talented college students are the ones that provide energetic, exciting, and rewarding opportunities. Colleges students don’t just want a mediocre experience, they want to have an internship that helps them grow professionally and … Read More

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No-Fail Way to Change U.S. Internships: Adopt an Intern

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Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the lives of college students? Do you want the opportunity to teach them how to succeed and follow their dreams? What if you could adopt one as an intern? A novel idea has come to life over in Edinburgh, Scotland. Employers are given the opportunity to “adopt an intern.” This idea … Read More

Heather HuhmanNo-Fail Way to Change U.S. Internships: Adopt an Intern

Stop Creating Products & Start Creating Conversations

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If I see one more job board or “social networking community” aimed at connecting young professionals with employers, I might scream. (Actually, I’ve already screamed, so I will probably do something worse.) There are dozens (if not more) of companies out there creating essentially the same product. The result? The market is saturated and segmented — there are too many options … Read More

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I Hate the Word “Overqualified”

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“We’re sorry, but you’re overqualified for this position.” Unfortunately, you’ve probably heard that statement before. For entry-level candidates in particular, how could they possibly be coming out of school “overqualified”? That just doesn’t make sense, especially when we (experts) and the job market keep telling them they need to complete at least one internship before graduating from college in order … Read More

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Why Employers Should Be Less Like the MoCo Police & More Like Chicago’s Metra

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Montgomery County Police During a conference call last week, I heard my dog going crazy downstairs. I muted the phone, and went to check it out. In my backyard was a man I assumed was from one of our utilities, reading a meter. No big deal, right? So I go back upstairs, only to look out the window and watch … Read More

Heather HuhmanWhy Employers Should Be Less Like the MoCo Police & More Like Chicago’s Metra

Recruiters: There’s More to Fear Than LinkedIn’s Career Explorer

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Let me start by saying I’m a huge Steve Boese fan. I’m sure he doesn’t even know who the heck I am (which I need to work on), but I read his stuff religiously, being in the HR technology space myself. In fact, I see his recent post on Fistful of Talent, “Fear and Loathing on LinkedIn,” as uncovering a … Read More

Heather HuhmanRecruiters: There’s More to Fear Than LinkedIn’s Career Explorer