3 months ago, having an Intern Program wasn't on my Radar Screen. I had heard about the program and looked into it a couple of years ago but never pulled the trigger for some reason. Then, two months ago, I was reminded that Cal State Fullerton has a top-notch Communications College and their students need to work during the summer as an intern to complete their degree. The application process didn't take very long and within a couple of weeks I was happily surprised to have my initial quota of five students apply.
In the next week or so another four students applied, then two backed out and I decided to go ahead and take on seven students and hoped I could find enough work to keep them busy.
Over the last six weeks, they have logged nearly 400 hours of work and, more importantly, created friendships that will hopefully last well beyond this nine week program.
The beauty of this kind of program in this day and age of technology is that they work virtually and we come together twice a week, once by conference call and once for a weekly update lunch. Besides having "how-to session", they share what they have learned and teach each other how to improve skills editing audio, video and creating books and materials. The work they are doing will ultimately help hundreds of thousands of business owners to protect their families, grow their businesses and someday transition out of their businesses in style.
It has been rewarding and exciting to see them create friendships and improve their skills, and hopefully learn a thing or two about life along the way. They've certainly taught me a lot!
If you are considering starting an Intern program but something is stopping you, put it aside and take action. Everyone wins!