Matching the right young adult to the right job, demographics, age, and experience levels are major factors. The work needs to be concrete and meaningful – both for the young adults, who need real experience, and for the companies, that need to see tangible benefits from their work. The jobs need to be sized to the young adult’s skill set and allowing for on-the-job training and higher expectations over time.
When holding your company to a higher standard, not only does it positively affect your company’s culture, but it can make an imprint on someone for their entire life. Students are adjusting their already busy schedules for the chance to learn much more about their fields. Consider students as enthusiastic diamonds in the rough, and your time together a chance to make a difference in the world.
A mentoring relationship is valuable for both the intern and the professional. The intern has the opportunity learn more about their field of choice from his or her experience. The mentor can pass on a wealth of experience and knowledge, and benefit from a student’s fresh viewpoint and new ways of thinking.