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Do You Have An Internship Program?

November 1, 2013

Daily ReadDo You Have an Internship Program?

Whether you’re a startup or growing a company that has a tight budget the idea of hiring interns has probably crossed your mind. Before you set the wheels in motion consider these five reasons you should (and three reasons you shouldn’t) hire an intern.

First the pros:

  1. New perspective on organizational issues. Interns challenge “the way we’ve always done it” by questioning processes and bringing fresh, new ideas.
  2. Ease of use with technology. You can always use a hand from a Gen Y tech-savvy professional.
  3. It’s a trial period that could lead to something more. An internship is a great way to see how much potential a student or recent graduate has in the field.
  4. Help with projects or tasks that you’re struggling to complete. Give them real, meaningful work that will help your organization run smoother, accomplish more, or be more successful.
  5. Gain brand advocates. Hiring an intern helps spread the word about your company—whether you mean to or not.

Now the cons:

  1. You need the “free labor.”  You need to provide mentorship and training for the student or young professional in order for them to learn something. They should not be a replacement for paid employees.
  2. You’re too busy. Unless you can dedicate much of your time to training and mentorship, it won’t be a beneficial experience for either party.
  3. You don’t have any clear goals in mind for the program. Just because you need additional help does not mean you should hire interns. Consider hiring temporary employees or contractors instead.

Do you have an intern program? What tips could you share?

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