School’s out for colleges and universities, and that’s great news for us at NOW — because it means some wonderful, talented young women are joining us for the summer. Welcome aboard, Jebet O’Reilly and Delaney Steel, and welcome back, Kayla Meadows and Christine Logan!
I’ve written a guest post this week on the Function Point blog that describes how we work with our summer students. It’s an approach that differs sharply from the experience that, frankly, too many summer employers offer:
…earning little to no pay fetching coffee, collating photocopies or doing digital drudge work until the wee hours. But this shortchanges both students and agencies.
NOW recognizes our summer students as the next generation of communications professionals: for the unions, governments and political and advocacy organizations that make up our clientele, but also for agencies like ours.
Our summer students are talented, passionate up-and-comers who share our values. So we pay them a living wage, and we ensure they get practical experience in the nuts and bolts of communication.
Have a look at the post, which describes how training our students in the apps we use doesn’t just give them software skills; in the case of Function Point, it actually gives them a picture of how our agency operates and how we do great, strategic work. (Full disclosure: Function Point has generously given us complimentary licenses for our summer students.)