Internship programs benefit both interns and employers. The intern gains hands on learning experience while the employer benefits by saving time and money. Here are some ways an internship program can work for your company.
Internship programs provide you the opportunity to see the talent of potential new hires. Because you get to work closely with an intern you will see first-hand what value they will bring to your company. Supervisors can observe their intern at work and review their work habits,strengths/weaknesses, and ability to fit in with the company before making an offer of employment.
As an employer, you can pre-screen talent by using an internship program. Weeding out those who are not a good fit for the position or the company will save you the time of hiring someone and later finding that person is not passionate about their work. Sometimes interns take on internships as a way to help them decide what they really want to do. You will be able to tell from working with an intern if this is someone who is worth adding to your team. Through an internship program you will have a group of fresh talent to train and develop into valuable members of your team.
Interns are ideal for small businesses because they want to gain experience and are willing to perform everyday tasks that full time employees may put aside for lack of time. If your full time employee is tied down with meetings, calls, or reports an intern can perform research and administrative tasks giving employees more time to focus on other important business.
Interns can become word of mouth advertisement for your company. If an intern has a positive experience in a program at your company they might tell their friends who are also looking to intern. The intern has just done recruitment for you and you didn’t have to lift a finger or spend a dime.
You can sell your company as the “it” place to begin a career. Having interns keeps your business fresh and shows that you are willing to take on up and coming professionals in the workplace. Your intern can offer new ideas to your company. College students are tech savvy and more up to date on social media and can offer ways to incorporate this into growth for the company.
Internships are a low-cost way of training potential new hires. You can train the intern on all aspects of the position without spending money on hiring someone and training them only to find out they are not going to work out. So, having an intern is a win-win. The intern gets real work experience and the employer saves money, time, and could possibly gain a future superstar employee.
Written by Monique Skinner