Retention and recruitment challenges require creative solutions, especially in non-profit work and in rural settings. We developed a master’s-level intern program in 2011 to bolster our capacity and over the past 10+ years, we have found high rates of retention of interns, who convert to full- or part-time staff upon graduation. We will discuss ways to support student interns and invest in their professional development. You reap what you sow – the more you invest in your student interns, the greater the reward in building a well-trained team of clinicians to effectively serve your community!
Describe three ways to support and develop student interns at your agency.
Identify three benefits of utilizing student interns in your program.
Integrate knowledge to develop successful intern program in your setting.