Considerations For Launching A Remote Internship Program

Working with interns remotely requires extra thoughtfulness to ensure an excellent experience.

Before you decide run a remote internship program, here are considerations to keep in mind: 

Hire Your Interns

  • Interviewing – What does an all-remote interview process look like? 
  • Payroll – What will compensation look like for a remote intern? Any tax implications to be mindful of if they are in another country? 
  • HR – Who is the dedicated HRBP for the intern? Will it be by region, org, etc.? 

Onboarding  Considerations

  • On-boarding – What will the first day and few weeks look like for a remote intern? 
  • Hardware / IT – How will laptops and other items be shipped to an intern? How is it returned?
  • WFH stipend – Can the company cover WFH setup basics (monitor, ergonomics, etc.)? 
  • Programming – Can your events budget be repurposed for WFH stipends, meal stipends, etc.?

Setting Your Intern Up For Success

  • L&D – Could your company offer access to Skillshare, Udemy, etc. for professional dev. courses?
  • University guidelines – Are there updated policies from universities around remote internships?
  • Don’t forget to ship out that swag! Remote or not, you want your interns repping your company!  

Ready to hire your remote intern? Check out this post on how to create a great remote internship experience.

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