We love it when doing the right thing is also the smartest way to solve a problem. Last week, Diversity Works hosted a data-packed discussion with Parker Dewey about how micro-internships can help employers advance their DEI objectives while creating opportunities for the incredibly diverse group of people just starting their careers. Micro-internships are a cost-effective way to tackle tasks that you don’t have time for or that aren’t the best use of your time – what Parker Dewey called “We Should…” or “I Shouldn’t…” tasks – while providing valuable professional experience to a student or recent graduate who needs it.
The data show that micro-internships predominantly benefit students from underrepresented groups, are a much less expensive way to approach campus recruiting, and lead to more successful hires:
Diversity Works has used micro-internships to help us with research projects, develop marketing and thought leadership content, and help us optimize our SEO efforts. We have been thrilled to work with the students and recent grads we’ve connected with through Parker Dewey. Through the lens of our evaluation framework, micro-internships can help with recruiting and retention, employee engagement, and vision and values, among other dimensions of diversity.
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Diversity Works helps organizations understand and leverage the power of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.