Your job posting is the students’ first impression about the experience they will gain with you as an employer. The key to attracting interns is to provide a detailed and informative position description. When drafting your position description, try to include the following:
Descriptive titles such as Research Assistant, Web Developer, Special Events Coordinator or Market Research Analyst are more interesting to students than a generic title like “Intern”.
Quotes from previous students can be helpful.
The more you can tell students, the better. Separating duties into primary and secondary responsibilities is effective. Students also appreciate having a specific project or assignment they can “own”. This is beneficial for them when they’re developing their resumes.
Be sure to include specific information about skills and aptitudes required such as computer programs and languages. Be sure to note which are necessary and which are considered an asset.
Salaries influence students’ choices and those that are TBA, to be announced, are not attractive. Students are more likely to apply for positions that have salaries, or at least a range, included. If you provide travel/and or accommodation assistance, this should also be noted.
A paragraph about the company/or department is helpful. Students appreciate learning about the reporting structure, how long you have been a Mount employer, and if they will be working with Mount graduates.