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Lauren Berger

Lauren Berger (@internqueen) is known as “The Intern Queen” after completing 15 internships during her four years of college. Berger is currently CEO of Intern Queen Inc, an internship destination for students to connect with the employers of their dreams. Berger’s personalized internship matching site is seen by thousands of employers, students, and career professionals each day. Berger was recently named #5 on Business Week’s Annual “Top 25 Entrepreneurs 25 and Under List." Berger’s National Speaking Tour included over 50 college campuses across the nation for Fall 2009/Spring 2010. Berger has been featured in over 100 media outlets including the New York Post, Washington Post, Los Angeles Business Journal, ABC News, and more. The Intern Queen’s National Speaking Tour reaches over 50 college campuses nationwide.

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Unpaid Internships: The Cautious Approach

Lauren Berger
May 19, 2010, 1:59 pm ET

In today’s get-it-fast, get-it-now society, we hear about things before we have an opportunity to read about them or see them for ourselves. As an established figure within the internship space and someone who runs on Pacific Standard Time, I always hear about internship news from someone before I have a chance to pull up the actual article.

You can imagine the texts, emails, tweets, and phonecalls I received the day the New York Times headline read, Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal. The irony of this article begins with that headline. If you were to pull up that article today, you would read a different and more correct headline: The Unpaid Intern, Legal or Not?

The title of the article is really what bothers me. keep reading…

Your Internship Program: A Look Back Before Looking Ahead

Lauren Berger
Dec 16, 2009, 4:01 pm ET

crl_masthead(this is part of a larger feature on internships in the next Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership)

For the first time in years, there are new things to be said about the quality and quantity of internship programs. Interns should run social media campaigns. Employers should advertise for interns on Twitter. An entire unit of interns should be brought on to achieve A, B, and C.

Internship programs are on the rise. Take a look back before looking forward. Yes, many improvements can be made to any internship program. But, how is your company’s internship program to begin with? How does it run? Do the students enjoy it? What do they get out of it? Are employees properly using interns?

I question the current internship programs at companies across the United States. I question if all employees, from CEO to entry-level assistant, are really aware of their internship programs and how they run. Are clear goals defined within the company to outline the purpose of hosting interns? How are these students managed and used on a day-to-day basis?

With that in mind, here are some suggested quick fixes to your internship program:

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