Three Principles to Achieve Tremendous Internships
At Cosneta we decided to join the Intern bandwagon click site. We felt a bit nervous about taking on our first Intern. We didn’t know what the Intern would be capable of, what we would get from it and how much of our already overstretched time, it would take up.
It was a risk and we had no idea what would come of it. We didn’t File know wholesale nfl jerseys our newest team member from Adam. The consensus within the team was that taking on a very inexperienced person would eat large chunks of our time. In the end it was the lack of time to prepare that really made a success of the situation. It made us throw away our assumptions and try a different approach. At Cosneta we work on the principle that if something is going to stretch us then we should try it. We like to give people as much responsibility as they want to take on. So why not take the same approach to an intern to make the internship the best experience for both of us.
These are the three principles that we followed:
1. Enthusiasm over knowledge
The most important quality for an Intern is Enthusiasim. It beats all wholesale jerseys others. Walter Chrysler (the founder of the Chrysler Corporation) said “The real secret of success is enthusiasm”.
Your intern isn’t going to have 25 years of experience and a specialist knowledge of their subject, but you can spend a few minutes on their CV or event better a quick call asking them about their interests and what they are studying. This will give you vital clues as to what they are capable of and more importantly their level of enthusiasm. Don’t spend your valuable time trying to look for knowledge, intelligence, and fit to the role. If your intern is at University and in a related course, the intelligence and ability to learn is a given.
2. Encourage initiative
Interns are looking to their future and the overwhelming majority cheap Cleveland Browns jerseys are eager to show what they are capable of. Let them do that. Come up with three projects with different skill bases and give them a choice of what to do. Your idea of what you wish them to be capable of probably doesn’t match what they think they can do, by doing this you can hone in on a particular area and then agree with them what that project will achieve.
These projects shouldn’t be critical to your company’s future, but they should be of value to your business.
Next ask the Intern to produce a plan of how they are going to fulfil the project, then review it. cheap MLB jerseys This way you don’t have to spoon feed them and they get 2 to show what ideas they have. Many Managers out there will already know if you micro manage people, then they will respond in the same way and they wholesale MLB jerseys become a time drain. That you want to avoid.
3. Manage by questioning
Once an Intern is underway, the main management task is to maintain confidence in themselves and their work, making sure that they prioritise the work and are managed by the direction of their plan. A light hand is required for that. A slap down will crush the Interns confidence and put them off. Instead ask questions and let them make their own mistakes. That doesn’t mean you can’t be assertive in your questioning or provide them information. Ask them if there is a better way or an alternative, but if they make a decision based on the information available and that proves wrong, then let them go with it and see what happens. That is part of the learning and far more valuable for them. How frequently you meet with your Intern depends on timescales and urgency. We had a short timescale, so we used to meet almost daily for a coffee break. A great way to use that time.
It turned out to be a great pairing and we were delighted with our awesome Intern, Matt Spicer from the University of Delaware. His final report was full of useful ideas and questions. His enthusiasm for what he had learned and applied came through strongly. Matt did some superb research and gave us a new perspective on our product with new avenues to investigate. Overall he massively exceed our expectations and we look forward to working with Matt again in the future.
How did ?? Matt see it. Well Matt very kindly wrote us a brief blog on his experience, read on below to find out yourself.
Blog credit: Ross McLean
An Intern at Cosneta (by Matt Spicer)
When I came to Scotland this past winter to study entrepreneurial marketing and intern at Cosneta, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The farthest I had yapmal?y?z ever been from my home in Delaware (just outside Philadelphia) was Seattle, and the extent of my marketing experience was a single “Introduction to Marketing” class I had taken last spring semester. Now, as I reflect back on my time in Glasgow, I am so grateful for Americas the many lessons I learned and the fantastic people I got to work with at Cosneta.
My role at Cosneta was to analyze the market for Freestyle and recommend a marketing strategy to help guide Freestyle’s launch. This was an imposing task, and with only two and a half weeks to accomplish it I had to work diligently from day one. Early on I spoke with Ross and the development team at length about the product itself. After getting a handle on Freestyle, my next task was to figure out how to position the product in the market in anticipation of its launch. I started by talking to Ross about the current status of Cosneta’s marketing research and sales plans. From there, I set out to gather additional data by researching competitors and interviewing potential Freestyle users. Finally, using what I head learned from my marketing professor as well as Ross’s input, I synthesized my research into a marketing strategy which I sent off to Ross on the last day of my trip.
During my time at Cosneta I learned more than I ever thought possible about entrepreneurial marketing, and that was only possible because of the incredible people at Cosneta. During my time there, the Cosneta development team was more than willing to answer all of my questions and took time to walk me through the history and future plans for their product. Nearly every afternoon, Ross took me for coffee, and we talked not only about my work for Cosneta but about my career goals and aspirations. He was a fantastic mentor, and I could not have asked for a better company to work with and learn from.
When it came time to say goodbye, Ross and the team sent me off with some authentic Scottish whiskey; it was truly a bittersweet moment. I look forward to staying in touch with the team, and they know that if they ever need someone to help them expand on the other side of the Atlantic, I’m their guy!
Blog credit & picture below: Matt Spicer