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.