At CCA Global Partners, each summer brings energy and excitement as we welcome interns into our Manchester, NH office for a meaningful real-world work experience. But, it’s during this time of the year that we start gearing up for our next class of interns. We’re always looking for new ways to create a positive internship experience. We feel that a meaningful internship should benefit the company and the intern. I should also include a true representation of the work the company does. We’ve worked hard to create an internship program structure that sets up our interns and our mentors to be successful and integrates our interns into our everyday work. Over the past seven years of our internship program, we’ve grown our program and keep improving the experience. There are some key lessons we’ve learned along the way.
CCA's 2019 Interns with their mentors on their first day.
Our Current Internship Program
Each year, eight to ten college students from schools across the country become team members at CCA Global as part of a full-time, paid internship program. These students work hard, collaborate, have fun and create memories that will impact their futures. Our internships tend to attract candidates who are values-based, entrepreneurial, and tech-savvy. As a cooperative, the work we do to support and empower entrepreneurs and independent business owners serves thousands of businesses through the co-op models and helps them grow in an ever-evolving marketplace. We know that these values resonate with our Gen Z interns.
CCA 2019 interns visit the NH Motor Speedway to learn more about corporate communications.
Why Our Program Works
An internship program can only be as good as the time and investment a company puts into it. Internship programs that are well-managed and well-though-out will, in turn, be more meaningful to both interns and full-time employees. We find that a combination of work-based learning and hands-on experience leaves our interns with a feeling of accomplishment as well as a wealth of new-found knowledge that they can apply to their schoolwork and future careers. We feel that internships should not be a way to get low priority projects or administrative tasks completed.
What we’ve found is that with a little extra thought and time, both our mentors and our interns finish each summer with new knowledge and experience that will impact their future. Our interns go back to school and into the world with more confidence and understanding. Our mentors go back to their work with a new perspective.
CCA's 2019 interns enjoy the company patio on a beautiful day.
After many years of fine-tuning our program, we’ve found that these five lessons have been the most impactful.
If you want to learn more about our internships, please contact us at [email protected].