Power of Global Internship Programs to Fill Talent Acquisition Pipelines

Global internship programs can serve multiple purposes at once: Fill the talent acquisition pipeline with people who are culturally competent at a regional or country level and capable of applying the skills to promote organizational success.
— By Jill Motley

Internships are experiential learning that integrates academic learning and theory with practical application and skills development in a business or other professional setting. They have been elevated over the years from “free student labour” for organizations to true mutual value-creating programs that help fill the talent acquisition pipeline. Companies hire up to 96 percent of their interns, reflecting the careful design of the program and selection of program participants.

Global organizations have an additional goal to identify and develop talent able to perform at a high level in a global setting. The challenge is creating an internship program that is globally cohesive while in...

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