On May 3, 2020, IFMA Philadelphia and the Facility Management Community celebrated World FM Day. With all things being different (to say the least) this
IFMA encourages the regional corporate community to provide Internships to train the emerging leaders of our organizations. If you can provide a rich, interesting and experiential Facility Management internship by giving a student a 6-8 weeks of exposure to Facility Management processes, practices and procedures you can help continue to build their foundation. These young men and women are eager for practical skills and a mentorship that can only truly be obtained in the field. You will be amazed at what they already know, how quickly they learn and how much of an asset they can be to your organization. Whether your organization has a formal internship program or you are considering your first.
Students do not receive course credit for internships – the internship is a special opportunity to expand their academic knowledge into the “real world.” Internships are paid positions that expose students to the FM field. Any business offering an internship should organize the student’s time to expose them to as much about Facility Management as is reasonable while also getting the benefit of their skills, creativity and education.
There are two overall models that companies could use to organize the position:
This second approach is most common. Students are usually hired as seasonal workers without benefits. They can work 32 to 40 hours per week while not in school (summers), or up to 20 hours per week during a semester.
The students of today are the future of our organizations. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a strong and educated pool of facility management students here in the Philadelphia region. You will be amazed at what they know, how quickly they learn and how much of an asset they can be to your organization.
There are two dynamic programs in the region to find qualified students for internships and permanent job placements.
In an effort to help you get the ball rolling in your company we have provided a template that you can follow to help build your internship program. If you have an existing internship program in your organization, you can utilize this template to provide your HR department with the pertinent information they need to get started.
Once your internal process is ready to go contact, you can contact the Department Chairs at Temple University and CCP and they will assist in posting the opportunity and setting up interviews with qualified students.
Company Name Contact Name
Company Address Contact Phone/email
Internship Overview (Example)
The ABC company’s internship program will provide an entry – level practical, hands-on learning experience in the activities and practices of facility management operations. Details of this position include:
Company Profile: The ABC Company is a Fortune 500 company, which is involved in providing the highest quality services to its clients. Headquartered in Center City Philadelphia, with 3500 personnel, with local and national regional offices as well that employ a total of 10,000 employees. Learn more at www.abc-companies.com.
If you are have further questions about creating an internship program feel free to contact the Department Chairs or someone from the Education Committee at the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of IFMA would be glad to answer your questions, contact us at email@example.com