Z University Releases Internship “How-To” DVD

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<p><strong>Newtown, Pa. &mdash; April 4</strong><br />Z University (ZU) has fulfilled the long-overdue need for internships to enter the modern world with its debut of &ldquo;The Blueprint for Internship Success,&rdquo; a comprehensive instructional DVD that shows employers how to develop high-performance internship programs and teaches managers the best ways to supervise students, fully utilize their talents and develop workplace skills.<br /><br />Released just in time for the summer internship season, the blueprint premieres a meticulously-crafted program management methodology based on ZU&rsquo;s 20-plus years of first-hand experience with &quot;live&quot; internship programs and hundreds of hours of research and development. </p><p>It&rsquo;s the perfect companion to ZU&rsquo;s Intern Toolkit, a comprehensive system of materials that easily and effectively aids employers in developing and managing internships.<br /><br />The 45-minute DVD is hosted by Matthew Zinman, founder of Z University and The Internship Institute.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>The &quot;Blueprint&quot; video uses a pyramid graphic to illustrate the nine critical &lsquo;building blocks&rsquo; of a world-class internship program.</p><p>At its foundation are the core best practices involving commitment, ownership, planning, recruiting and expectation.&nbsp; </p><p>Above them are training, delegation, productivity and, at top, improvement.&nbsp; </p><p>Each of the nine building blocks is made up of four related attributes. Once all 36 elements are revealed and combined, the pyramid equips employers with every advantage to achieve program excellence.<br /><br />In addition to discussing the &quot;Blueprint&quot; model, Zinman presents a special segment about intern productivity, offering a wide range of &quot;real work&quot; project ideas based on five core skills involving research, writing, planning, telephone and computer work that interns can perform for most any business. </p><p>Zinman also dispels &ldquo;The Five Myths of Internships,&rdquo; the first being that managers lack the time for interns. This misconception is refuted by &ldquo;The Time Paradigm,&rdquo; which demonstrates how managers can trade their time to have interns do more.<br /><br />This is supported by a recent five-year study by The Internship Institute on student productivity, which proves that a single supervisor can gain up to 225 full work days of productivity in a calendar year simply by managing interns properly.<br /><br />&ldquo;Just about any business professional can think of five or more hours a week that they spend on tasks that students are capable of doing instead,&rdquo; Zinman said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so much more rewarding to manage and mentor students and much more profitable to dramatically increase productivity and to develop and &lsquo;test drive&rsquo; potential employees.&rdquo;<br /><br />Included among the many details of best practices are those that focus on preparations and recruiting.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;School cycles are rarely in sync with employer financial and planning cycles,&rdquo; Zinman explains in the video. </p><p>He offers tips for when an employer should begin planning ahead, as well as how to establish relationships with universities.<br /><br />The video also explores interviewing techniques, the use of self-assessments, managing resources and providing students with needed guidance and structure.&nbsp; </p><p>Together, these practical tips make the &quot;Blueprint&quot; instructional DVD an invaluable tool for companies that wish to start a new intern program and for those with programs that are committed to improvement.<br /><br />&ldquo;With all due respect to the relatively few employers that have first-rate internship programs, most either don&rsquo;t know what they&rsquo;re doing, don&rsquo;t have the tools to do it right or, in most cases, don&rsquo;t realize what they&rsquo;re missing,&rdquo; Zinman said. &ldquo;We aim to remove those barriers and help employers convert internship benefits into business gains. Modernizing internship programs helps companies increase productivity, reduce &lsquo;brain drain,&rsquo; improve workforce readiness and &lsquo;home grow&rsquo; future employees.&rdquo;</p>

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