If You Use Interns, Amazon Is About to Ruin Your Summer

heroine say it’s bringing 15,000 Summer Interns This Year, Its Largest Group Ever, Most of them will work hybrid, the company says blog post, Typical internships last 12 to 14 weeks and are “the mirror of a full-time job,” according to the company. Amazon is planning to hire people in 40 countries around the world.

Apart from offering hybrid work, the company pays its interns very well. Amazon pays interns a monthly average of $8,000, making it The fifth highest paying employer for interns, according to this year’s Glassdoor rankings. The company offers a transfer stipend for students whose hybrid internships require them to temporarily relocate to a different city.

This means that if you’re in the habit of hiring apprentices every summer, this summer can be tough because you’re suddenly facing a lot of competition. What should you do?

1. Pay the intern a living wage.

I know, I know — these are uncertain times, and many companies are responding wisely by tightening their purse strings. Still, there are many reasons why hiring unpaid interns is a bad thing. A big deal is that it perpetuates economic inequality, because in general, only college students with wealthy parents can afford to work without pay, while gaining experience and making connections. Which will help them to get high paying and desirable job at once. They are graduates. It also amounts to an educational scam: Many colleges offer course credit for internships, whether students spend the summer learning valuable job skills or just learning where to pick up lunch for the office. .

Even if those things don’t bother you, here’s what should happen: By not paying interns, you’re discouraging the best and brightest potential employees from applying to your company. Students receiving financial aid, usually those with high academic achievements, are often expected to earn money during the summer to supplement that aid and/or pay for items that their scholarship does not cover.

2. Make sure your internships are truly educational.

Working at your company should make a meaningful contribution to the intern’s education, especially if they are receiving college credit for it. I realize that the real value of many internships is to make useful contacts for the future, and possibly being employed by your company after graduation. While these things may happen, they also may not be. The real skills learned during internships are a real benefit that can help them in their careers, even if they don’t stop working for you or benefit from any interactions they make.

No need to worry about whether your internship is educational enough? I have not either. So when a student once offered to work for me as an unpaid intern, I insisted on paying him.

3. Give real responsibility to your intern.

Amazon said in its post about the internship, “Starting on Day 1, interns are given projects to work on and complete on their own with instruction from managers, mentors, and teammates.” And it highlights how its internals have done things like updating its shopping app’s features or helping its algorithms recognize sarcasm. Interns will be able to display their achievements on their resumes, the company promises.

There are certain things that aspiring youth want to be given real responsibility and then accept that job. Do that, and pay them a fair salary, and they’ll have no reason to even consider Amazon.

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