Firstly there are recruitment interns who focus on helping the IACT coordinator in his/her efforts to recruit effectively. The recruitment windows for summer and winter trips are limited so this kind of internship is usually for around 6 to 8 weeks prior to and during registration. This kind of internship is usually finalized in a contract between the intern and the IACT coordinator which outlines roles and responsibilities as well as the compensation which the intern receives.
An intern recruiter can be responsible for things such as staffing tables, using social media, making phone calls and sending text messages to assist with recruiting however they will also join the IACT Coordinator in getting out and about on campus making presentations, visiting fraternities and sororities, Hebrew classes as well as flyering on campus.
Although recruitment represents a major aspect of your work, the focus on education and programming is equally as meaningful. Before and after trips you also have the option of employing the services of a programming intern. This is someone who can assist in the actual running of programs on campus. Their responsibilities may range from research, helping to coordinate and organise the activities through to recruiting for the events and activities as well as preparing educational materials which may be distributed before during or after the event.
How to get the best out of an intern.
Every intern is different, with a unique skill set and personality so try as far as possible to assign tasks which match your interns abilities. You will get the most out of your intern by being clear and detailed in the various tasks that you expect them to do. At the same time there is no greater tool than empowerment to activate a person's potential, so also try to leave some room for them to come up with some creative ideas as well. Lastly, be encouraging and positive and work together as a team!
Internships Due to the busy and multi faceted nature of your work, as IACT coordinators you are encouraged to build a team around you who can help you. Internships are a critical piece of the IACT initiative and they will be an important part of this team. Interns can focus on two different areas, recruitment and programming.
Interns: Roles & Responsibilities