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How can small businesses possibly create remote internship experience? Well, it is easier than you think and you wouldn’t be doing it alone. Readygrad is here to hold your hand, metaphorically of course, through the entire remote internship process. The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently asked over 200 employers how they are handling their internship programs. 

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Remote internships are not a new phenomenon, in fact, tech organisations in Silicon Valley have been utilising remote interns for years (if there is internet there is a way). And with good reason. Inviting interns to operate remotely has an array of advantages. Not to mention an outstanding solution to making the most of young fresh talent during this current climate. 

So, if you want to join the likes of Google and Apple, we have some tips to set you up for an effective remote internship experience.   
 

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Remote internships deliver the same value as traditional face-to-face programs. While interns complete their tasks for your business, they’ll be doing so from the safety of their own homes using digital platforms to communicate and accessing systems and software remotely. In addition to the obvious factor that remote internships allow your business and your interns to practise safe social distancing, engaging interns also offer a number of benefits that make them a viable and cost effective solution.

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For an eager, hard-working student, a professional internship with a host company provides insight to an industry and allows them to experience day-to-day activities in a workplace. Not only do student’s benefit from a professional internship, but employers who take a genuine interest in hosting at intern can gain some real benefits too!

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An internship can mean many things to a student. It can vary from bridging a Degree and a Career, to utilising the experience to complete said degree in the first place. On the contrary, a host company can be seeking out an internship opportunity for a range of reasons, from giving back to their industry, to getting assistance in upcoming projects, or even looking for their next rock-star employee.

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A student team is a group of students allocated to an in-company project. A team usually consists of 2-5 students, however can be larger based on the scope of the project. The team can be made up of students from the same discipline and focused on a specific area of the business or, if the project requires a more varied skill set, the student team can be multi disciplinary. 

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For a company new to hosting interns or a person new to managing them directly, it can be difficult to work out the best approach. We are often asked by potential new host companies what they should do as the first steps, so here are 5 top tips for making interns feel welcome and engaging them from the very start.

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