Internships have been proven time and time again to be good for students. In 2011, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the benefits of internships, both paid and unpaid. A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 63 percent of paid interns in the class of 2012 had at least one job offer when they graduated. Of those who did not have an internship, only 40 percent had an offer.
But internships are also good for employers.
Before you start listing out all of the reasons you don’t want an inter, hear me out. We have spoken to a lot of employers, read a lot of studies, and heard the personal accounts of lots of students. We have found that while on occasion interns aren’t the dream you hoped for, most interns provide lots of value to your organization.
- Internships are a great way to test out talent. Employers, unfortunately, don’t always make the right hiring decisions. Likewise, employees don’t always pick the right company or organization to work for. Hiring interns is a great way to test out how someone fits with your organization on a short term basis. If they don’t work out, they move on after their internship. If you love them, you can try to hire them when their post as an intern is complete.
- Internships are a fantastic recruitment tool. Want to let a pool of highly intelligent, talented students know about your organization and get them to want to work for you? Create an internship program.
- Your staff can work on more advanced projects. When you hire interns, you are providing them with a meaningful learning opportunity in a safe environment with supervision. By enlisting your intern to collaborate on projects, you free up your staff to work on more advanced or creative projects they might not normally have time for.
- Interns bring the latest in your field straight to your door. While not all interns are college students, most are coming straight from an institution of higher education direct to your organization. In classes, they learn about the newest theories and techniques in your field that your organization or business can benefit from.
- You feel good by providing a learning opportunity to a student. It’s that simple. By hosting an intern, you are doing a good deed, helping a student get experience in the real world, and ultimately a job after graduation.
Ready to get started with developing your internship program? Download the Employer Guide to Creating a Successful Internship Program and post your listing at bridge.jobs.