Being the yesman for privately funded project, how can I make this work?
April 9, 2014 3:56 PM Subscribe
I work at a non profit and have been running an internship program for two years. It is funded annually, but on no set schedule. I am prevented from insisting on a schedule or requiring a reasonable gap between funding date and start date. I am expected to just pull the program together within weeks of the donation being received. With a vague start date and no selection schedule, how do I advertise and maintain a pool of candidates? Please help me come up with a creative solution!
posted by abirdinthehand to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is the 4th year of the program. I have been running it for two years. I have been clearly instructed by the administration to never give any push-back and have been explicitly prevented from requesting any changes to this scenario via the donor's proxy.
There are issues of logistics as well as ensuring good candidates that make this lack of scheduling problematic. Bad candidates mean unhappy staff and unhappy students, it really is a lose-lose situation. Last year we received funding in July for an early August start date. This meant I had a few weeks to determine which applicants were still available, to find new applicants, to schedule interviews(with an interview committee of 4 other people), secure housing, etc, etc, etc. We lucked out and ended up with good interns, meanwhile I had a small mental breakdown- juggling all this while doing my regular job at the institution was too much.
From my perspective, having no due date on the application means that few serious and quality candidates will apply. Interviewing and hiring people with a few weeks notice to move, often times, across the country is ridiculous.
Is there some clever solution to this trap I am in? How can I set up rolling applications in a way that makes sense to students? Is this a more common situation than I realize and applicants are used to this ambiguity? Any advice is appreciated!