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Jun 21

My Summer Intern

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This summer I hired a high school student as a summer intern to work in the damage restoration business with which I am involved. Before making a commitment, we agreed on basic compensation, work hours and days, and what work the intern’s exact duties were.

On some days the intern will join me for sales calls even though I will ask him to remain in the car:  Other times, at my discretion, we will visit the customer together. Part of the benefit to the intern is to gain experience in sales visits to decide if this is the type of work he wants to do in the future. The intern will also participate in presentations I make and will experience some of the give-and-take that occurs in the question and answer times.


I have assigned other jobs to the intern including updating my customer notes, writing thank you cards and other simple tasks, some of which the intern will complete at home.

Since this was a less formal agreement than typical employment, I wrote out a job description listing expected duties and established work times. While I know the intern will have a life outside of this job, I wanted to make sure that we were clear about what was expected. Given the intern is a high school student, I also confirmed agreement from the parents.

I see this situation as a two-way street:  the intern receives coaching and mentoring and gains a little understanding about sales calls and business in general, and I get help with work at a lower price.

Scripture provides us with an example:  “’It's no good, it's no good!’ says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.”(Proverbs 20:14 NIV)  At the end of the summer, I don’t want us or the intern’s family to feel taken advantage of.  Nor do I want to pay more than the value I receive.  All parties should feel good about the arrangement; then we all win.


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