After several mails and a Skype interview, an internship agreement has officially been signed and LA Preuss Consulting is thrilled to welcome the very first intern to the company on Monday, September 12th!
By the way, in case you’re also thinking about hiring an intern, here are a few points you may want to consider:
- Communicate compensation + working hours clearly: make sure to clearly communicate your monthly compensation, as well as the working hours to make sure the intern knows what to expect – because let’s just be honest: working for a startup probably won’t get you the best-paid internship but offers a steep learning curve and the chance to have a lot of responsibility. Still, you don’t want the intern to have a burn out after only the first week, so make sure the working hours are fair!
- Write an Internship Agreement + Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA): it’s super important to have a contract stating all the nitty gritty legal aspects of the internship, as well as how certain situations would be regulated, should they occur. Also, for some businesses a Non-Disclosure Agreement makes sense too. Here, you’ll want to cover how an intern should treat confidential company information, etc.
- Inform the authorities: in most countries, you will need to register your intern for an insurance and to pay taxes, so make sure to inform yourself about all the necessary paperwork you need to fill out for your intern and do this ahead of time!
- Welcome the intern: From my personal experience as an intern I can tell you how lovely it is to feel welcome and want to make the new intern feel really welcome too! (Still have a bit of time to think of something special and can’t wait to tell you all about it!)
Lastly, I highly recommend seeking legal advice just to make sure you’re not missing out any other important aspects before hiring your intern.
OH – and one last thing: depending on what kind of business you run, you may want to consider hiring senior citizens as interns, like in the movie “The Intern” with Anne Hathaway & Robert De Niro! Now, I understand that there may be a few technical hurdles in doing so but, to me, it sounds like a great way to incorporate folks with a whole bunch of business experience and advice!
Have fun hiring your intern & let me know if you have any questions!!!
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