Magazine article Journal of Property Management

From the outside in Discover the Surprising Perks of Hiring an Intern

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

From the outside in Discover the Surprising Perks of Hiring an Intern

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IT WAS A LINE STRAIGHT OUT OF A "B" MOVIE. At the ripe old age of 21, I walked into a Beverly Hills employment agency armed with my college degree, confident I was about to land the job of my dreams. The office manager, however, had other ideas about my skill level and offered her opinion of my likely success: "You're just another pretty face. You'll never amount to anything." It's true: You just can't make this stuff up.

Not long after, I was lucky enough to find a job working in the hotel field. Even luckier for me, my boss proved to be a great mentor, spending countless hours teaching, advising and coaching me on making my way in the corporate world.

Today, the race is on to become an employer of choice and there is a definite challenge to finding and retaining the best and the brightest talent. Take the time to mentor an intern and you may discover new ways to navigate generational minefields, test future leadership and increase your company's ROI.

I recently had the opportunity to work with an intern from the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe. Already a young working professional, she was eager to experience real estate life in America. Since everything was new to her, the opportunity offered a way to explore a new field from the safety of her current job. For me, it was a chance to mentor a young professional and get a fresh perspective on our field. And for my colleagues, it became a great way to market their companies and showcase their talent.

Here are some great ways I discovered to get the most out of your company's internship program:

Have a plan: To make sure everyone gains the most from the experience, put a schedule in place. …

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