Monday, April 17, 2006

One Intern, Two Intern... Red Intern, Blue Intern...

As you can see from the title of this post, I'm going to talk about interns.  Part of the overall plan of "DevCo" going forward is to create a new environment and culture.  This includes providing a formal mechanism to bring in new, fresh talent to the team.  One of the most effective ways to do this is through an internship program.  This allows university students to obtain key skills and experience in an actual work environment.  It is also a way for the company to evaluate the performance of the interns and based on how well they do, the company can optionally offer them a full-time position.  This is typically after they've graduated.

Interns can bring in fresh ideas and perspectives so there are things the company (empoyees) can learn from them.  Likewise, the intern can learn from the more experienced and "battle hardened" engineering teams.  In fact, it is an extremely honorable thing to impart your experience and knowledge to the next wave of fresh talent.  Part of the goal of a formal internship program is to make sure the intern is matched up with the proper senior engineer.  They would form a, kind of, mentor/apprentice relationship.  As I begin to formalize the details on program, I'll try and post more details.  The good news is that we've gotten approvals from the "DevCo" board to open up a decent number of part-time internship requisitions.  Most of these will be filled from local universities and colleges.  I'll try and post the job descriptions and requirements as they become available.