Conference recap: How To Start A Successful Internship Program by Just-Eat.ca’s Antonio da Luz and Jane Mai
With a labour shortage looming and the competition for top talent already fierce, one trend we’re seeing more and more of is employers using internship and co-op programs as feeders for entry level roles.
Students seem to like it too – it acts like an extended interview process for both the student and the employer.
It’s also how Just-Eat.ca, Canada’s largest and fastest-growing online restaurant/food order service, hired five of its full-time entry level employees this year.
Just-Eat’s Antonio da Luz and Jane Mai explained how they used TalentEgg to hire nine interns, exposed them to all areas of the business including Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance, and launched 11 significant intern-driven projects.
Of the five interns who were hired full-time, two of them became Sales Representatives who are consistently among the Top 5 performers nationally!
What made the interns want to stick around? Just-Eat encouraged them to explore projects outside their comfort zones, allowed them to attend senior-level meetings and matched them up with mentors to guide their development.
They also encouraged the interns to set goals and initiated this really unique “blank reference letter” practice, whereby the interns recorded all of their accomplishments as they happened, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
You can learn more about Just-Eat.ca’s internship program in this recent Globe and Mail article (also featuring TalentEgg and Managing Matters!): A good internship program pays off on all sides
Antonio and Jane also generously provided $25 Just-Eat vouchers for everyone in attendance!