Some of My Best Hires Started as Interns: Win the War for Talent with a Successful Internship Program

2019 Talent Conference & Exposition
You will learn why internship programs can positively impact your bottom line and help fill your full-time-hire candidate pipelines.

In today's war for talent, employers need to look at all possible sources to feed their candidate pipelines. One of the most strategic options carrying low risk, little cost and a huge upside continues to be the development and execution of an intern program initiative. Slowly integrating matriculating students into your culture as a 'minor league system' of talent can shorten future hire times as well as significantly reduce learning curves and even turnover rates. This session will review the core components of a successful internship program, including effective candidate-sourcing techniques, proper training for managers, compensation strategies and planning for successfully converting interns to full-time employees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why intern programs are low-risk ways to fill candidate pipelines, and how to build successful programs that will lead to the conversion of interns to full-time hires.
  • Define intern compensation and roles (balancing education and work experience) and educate managers to effectively lead this population.
  • Plan a future for the interns you hire.
  • Hear case studies outlining both successes and failures of intern programs.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 10:45am to 11:45am

David Lewis


David Lewis is the founder, president, and CEO of OperationsInc, one of the nation’s largest human resources consulting firms. OperationsInc has grown steadily since its inception in 2001, and now engages a team of over 90 professionals providing HR, Payroll, Training, and Recruiting support to a base of over 1,600 clients. David is leveraging a 30-plus year career in human resources and operational management for leading firms including Merck/Medco and Computer Associates. He serves as an on-air subject matter expert in the areas of human resources, workplace management, and small business issues for MSNBC, FOX, CBS Radio and NPR, and regularly appears in national publications like The New York Times, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal.

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Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
HR Expertise
Leadership & Navigation
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