The Benefits of Hiring an Intern
What Interns Bring to the Table
This year, more companies than ever before will enjoy the benefits of an internship program. Some of these companies will be offering paid programs while others stick with the seemingly traditional, unpaid internships. But why hire interns? What is the true benefit of bringing interns on board?
Your company will benefit from an internship program if it’s a priority for your business, structured, and provides students with the supervision they need to be successful. By also providing adequate training before the program begins or hosting an intern orientation, you’ll see even better results. The more resources your company is willing to put towards the internship program, the better it will be. The better the internship program, the more competitive it will be. And the more competitive the program, the stronger the applicant pool.
Basically meaning, if you have a great program, you’ll attract great students.
Anytime you talk business with someone outside of your industry, team, or day-to-day operations, you’re often surprisingly inspired by what you learn. The same goes for an internship program. By bringing in students who aren’t inside your company every day, they can offer a fresh perspective on your business, strategies, and plans. To experience these benefits, make sure to include interns in brainstorm sessions and encourage them to speak up in meetings. Attending brainstorms is often a favorite among interns, so it’s a win-win for both parties.
Enhancing Your Social Strategy
It’s no secret that this generation is more tech-savvy than any before. Take the opportunity to explain your social strategy to your interns and get their feedback. It provides young people the opportunity to incorporate what they’ve taught themselves about social media into the real world and their internship.
Retain These Interns for Entry-Level Hires
Why hire people who’ve never worked at your company before? Why not hire young people as interns, teach them your business and how your company runs, and hire them when they graduate college? An internship can feel like a test period. It’s a great opportunity for you to test out this new working relationship and vice versa. Many Fortune-500 companies retain over 80% of their interns as entry-level hires.
Extra Set of Hands
An intern provides an extra set of hands that can often help accomplish goals or finish projects. As long as the project will indeed help a young person learn a new skill, learn more about the industry, and give them a great learning experience – interns can work with other employees in the office on specific projects. Just make sure they are supervised and always given feedback on their work.
Many employees look to mentor young people. An internship program provides an opportunity for your current employees to connect with these college students, meet with them, speak with them, and ultimately – mentor them. This mentorship program will be helpful for your business’s culture as well as the student’s well-being and continued learning.
Reiterates the Importance of Strong Leaders
When employees have to carefully teach a crop of young people how to do tasks and accomplish goals, it can often personally motivate them to act as stronger leaders. Encouraging employees to educate and teach others can build strong moral and create more leaders within a business.