Internship shouldn’t be a learning experience for company

Big companies tend to have summer interns lined up early in the year, but as some small and medium-size employers seek talent to help with an uptick in business or with administrative or marketing tasks, a common error is a poorly planned intern program.

That was the lesson learned when Eaton Steel Bar Co. Inc. in Oak Park took on its first intern in 2007. Having put little thought into what the intern would be doing upon arrival, the company didn’t get as much benefit from the intern as it might have, and the intern also was underwhelmed with the work.

“It failed because we didn’t really know what to do with him,” said Steve Cramer, a purchasing agent at Eaton who helped set up the intern program. “We left him there and let him get bored.” … Read more at

— Crain’s Detroit Business, April 13, 2014

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