Why Hire an Intern?
Even as a small business owner, I support interns when I have projects that provide a learning experience. I had 9 internships during my undergraduate and graduate degrees and have had several interns work for me in the past. This is a practice I intend to continue.
In this series I will review the following…
1. Why should you think about having interns?
2. What type of projects can interns handle?
3. What are the benefits of Interns for you and them?
4. How do you find interns?
5. Do you have to pay interns?
6. Should there be a formal agreement with the Intern?
Tip 1 – Why should you think about having Interns?
The number one reason to hire an intern is the benefit they can provide your organization. Interns can bring new ideas and new technology to your organization. They can work on projects that otherwise wouldn’t be addressed. Whether you are a one person organization or large corporation internships can be beneficial.
On a more personal note, if you were an intern when you were young or in college you know how grateful you were to get an opportunity to learn and show what you could do if given the chance. This is your chance to give back or pay it forward to the next generation. As you have heard, many college graduates can’t find a job because they only have their education but not the experience and they are competing against candidates with experience. Good internships will provide students with the experience they need.
I had a graduate program that required an internship each semester. I found it made the education process more fulfilling because I could see how my studies related or didn’t relate to the real world. I will review the other tips in the series to follow.
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