Internships: What’s in it for you

Creating a formal internship program in your corporation or organization may seem a bit scary if you don’t know what to expect. However, we think that the benefits to you, the employer, far outweigh the fears. When you look back on your own career, you find that every professional had to start their career somewhere. Let us give you some reasons as to how your company will benefit from establishing internships in Rhode Island. 

Grow your own pool of qualified candidates

Creating internships can help grow your own pool of qualified candidates. An internship can be seen as a trial to an entry level position within your organization. If you have ever had an entry level hire that was a nightmare to train due to his or her lack of professional experience, an internship program is your chance to find your diamond in the rough. Think of all the resumes you receive from eager college graduates looking to get their first job every time you advertise a new entry level position. You can essentially get rid of that process if you have a small pool of former interns who meet your qualifications and whom you have a relationship with. You no longer have to hire an applicant and hope that it all works out for the best. 

Make connections with colleges and universities

It makes sense to develop a network with your local college or university for the sake of creating relationships that are beneficial to your business. These relationships can benefit your talent recruitment efforts, acquisition of resources such as grants or expertise from professors and administrators, as well as to be able to influence academic departments that closely relate to your business or department. Of course, not all interns are college students – so be careful not to exclude adults and high school students from your search if you think they could be a good fit for the position. 

Offer support to staff members that are overwhelmed

Thirdly, creating an internship program in your business is a great way to offer support to your staff members that are overwhelmed. Virtually every position has tasks that may be better handled by an assistant who is excited to learn. These tasks can include research, writing, organizing, etc. 

Gain a wealth of experience

Not all interns are 19 years old with limited life experience. Adults are going back to school in record numbers. These are people who saw value in updating their skills and are looking to reinvent themselves in a different kind of work than they may have done in the past. Older interns often have a strong work ethic and work well independently. You can look forward to working with someone who could take a project and ensure that it is completed without a problem. 

Gain a fresh perspective on how you operate

There are benefits to working with a young person who has not had as much life experience as an older person. Younger people tend to look at life as having no limits. You may have a process for a certain task that everyone else in the company has accepted as the only way to do it. Likewise, an older adult intern may have had experiences at a previous job, even one in an unrelated career, that could bring a fresh perspective to your organization. An intern, regardless of age, may join the team and find that that same process is inefficient and time consuming. They may be able to see a better way of doing that same job that can save you time and money in the long run.

The benefits of creating internships in Rhode Island are numerous. It is not just a chance for you, as a company, to help a young person gain some practical work experience. Creating internships in Rhode Island can also have a great impact on your bottom line. If you want more information, visit

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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