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"Utilizing Interns in Facilities Management"
Author: Judkins, Clarissa,Morris, John P.,Molocznik, Chuck,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: November/December 2011

Facilities management is rapidly changing and developing from a position an individual stumbles into--or work one's way up through--to a discipline and vocation all of its own. There is a need for a collaborative strategy among leaders in practice, education, and research to share knowledge and experience and to establish professional and ethical standards. In organizations, this involves developing systems and developing people--to nurture leaders, improve quality, and develop the knowledge and skills base--to secure the future. As the number of retirees continues to increase and budgets continue to decrease, many facility managers are looking for ways to optimize their staff without losing quality or production. One recommended solution is to hire an intern. While hiring an intern offers many benefits to a company, it also brings responsibility and a commitment on the part of the organization. Student internships provide the student with significant professional opportunities to hone skills and to develop an understanding and appreciation for organizational culture. This article describes the process of hiring and utilizing interns in facilities management. (Contains 1 figure.)

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