If you believe that your club could benefit from engaging the services of an Intern Team, your club must embrace the concept for it to be successful.
The suggested process to implement the Intern Program is as follows:Implementation
A club should take the following steps to implement the program successfully.
- Board of Directors recommend adoption of the service project to the club.
- Club Membership should approve recommendation.
- Club President should appoint a committee of five Lion Leaders to serve as Mentoring Lions to the Interns.
- The Club should reach out to the local University or Community College to form a partnership and secure recommendation of highly motivated students to apply for the intern positions.
- The Mentoring Committee should then implement an interview/selection process.
The Interns selected to participate in the program should be fully informed of the clubs investment and expectations.
An intern should meet with the club at least once a month.
An Intern should work with the other members of the Intern Team and the Mentoring Committee once a month to develop ideas to enhance the club.
The Intern Team should develop, plan and implement one new service project each semester. The club, by adopting this program agrees to fully participate in and support the Intern Team Service Projects.
The Intern Team should develop, plan and implement one fund-raising activity per year. The club, by adopting this program agrees to fully participate in and support the Intern Team Service Funding Initiatives.
Encouragement and Support
The Mentoring Committee should ensure that each Intern is orientated as to the history of LIONS Clubs International, Club History, Organizational structure of the district and the club, as well as, major service areas of LIONS Clubs International.
A suggested mentoring guide can be found at the following link: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/membership-and-new-clubs/strengthen-membership/programs-mem-mentor.php
*** Note that if more than one club in a zone were to adopt the program, it could be beneficial to hold Zone Internship Meetings to further network, enhance brainstorming activities and develop a stronger bond between clubs. ***
Recognition of Contribution to Club
Upon successful completion of the Intern Program, the Intern should be:
- Given a Letter of Recommendation for use in securing future employment;
- Offered and opportunity to continue membership with the club;
- Sponsored by the Club to attend the Lions Regional Leadership Institute during the first year of the Internship.
- Presented with a plaque in recognition of the Intern’s contribution to the success of the club.