5 Strategies for Creating a More Diverse Internship Program

Internships can be a great way to increase the diversity of your workforce both short and long term. In the short-term, you have an opportunity to evaluate the talent interns bring to the table. Here are some tips to help you find the best and the brightest talent in colleges and universities today!

In this day and age, it’s safe to say that most companies place a high value on building a diverse and inclusive team. But, there’s one area where they’re consistently falling short: internship programs.

In a recent InternMatch survey of over 300 companies, just 30% reported that their intern programs are as diverse as they’d like—and this is especially true when it comes to race and ethnicity. With over 60% of interns being offered full-time jobs and with young hires acting as critical drivers for internal culture change, this is a major issue that should be at the top of every hiring manager’s mind.

The challenges university recruiting teams face are both systemic (it’s hard to hire minority students when they self-select out of many fields before they reach the internship age) as well as policy-driven (campus recruiting often emphasizes recruiting at top schools rather than developing reach across campuses nationally). But despite those barriers, there are strategies your university recruiting team can use to hire more diverse students and make significant progress to changing the future DNA of your company.