Virtual internships: P&G takes student schemes online

Virtual internships: P&G takes student schemes online

THE WHAT? The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown up many challenges but, as we approach the summer break, there’s one more hurdle to be overcome. How to on-board interns and graduates. Procter & Gamble has been cooking up one solution, according to a report published by Biz Journals.

THE DETAILS The US FMCG manufacturer hosts 500 college students every summer for paid internships at its North American sites but this year, internships will take place via a laptop.

The 12-week program is scheduled to start as planned in mid-May, albeit remotely with interns issued with a company laptop and a customized work plan.

“Things we’re learning as we’ve done remote work in the recent months enable us to connect effectively with (interns), to help train and mentor them,” P&G spokesperson Tracey Long told Biz Journals.

THE WHY? Attracting talent is vital to the future of any business and P&G is no exception; interns account for some 50 percent of entry-level positions at the manufacturer of Gillette.