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The Complete Free Guide to Setting Up an Internship Program

Internship 101 DSM

May 17, 2018

Are you thinking about implementing an internship program at your organization but aren’t sure where to start? Perhaps you have had interns in the past and are looking for ways to make your program more formalized and effective. Check out the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Internships 101 Toolkit. This free, online guide provides employers with tools to successfully implement and maintain an internship program within their organization.

Internships 101 – free online guide

The online guide walks through key areas of implementation beginning with establishing a plan, recruiting and hiring and management tips. Also included are resources such as a sample job descriptions, local college and university contacts, sample interview questions and legal considerations.

Seize the City

Open to all interns and college students working in Greater Des Moines (DSM), Seize the City is a series of community engagement and professional development opportunities in DSM. Additionally, interns experience the culture that makes DSM unique. Beginning in May and ending the first week of August, this six-part series features presentations from community leaders who speak about the ins and outs of business success.

The full schedule will be posted on the Seize the City information page.


If you’re hiring interns that are new to DSM or don’t yet have a place to stay, The Partnership can assist. Grand View University and the University of Iowa provide intern housing programs to DSM businesses, organizations and educational institutions with living accommodations for the summer.

Learn about other Staffing & Hiring resources for your small business in The Partnership’s Small Business Resources Hub or sign up for the Small Business Resources newsletter and stay connected for information about upcoming events, other resources and the latest announcements in the small business community in DSM.

Mary Bontrager

Mary Bontrager serves as executive vice president of talent development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, where she leads efforts to recruit and retain talent to the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region. Bontrager currently serves on Grand View University Board of Trustees, Girl Scouts of Iowa Board, South Central Iowa STEM Advisory Council and several advisory committees for Future Ready Iowa.