5 Benefits of Having an Intern

Opening the doors of your company to interns is a great way to help a young person develop vital skills in your industry. Ambitious individuals can take so much needed knowledge from an internship that can be the foundation of their future career. So how does having an intern benefit your company or organization? Although it may seem like a liability, having an intern has numerous residual benefits for the company that may actually surprise you. Here are five benefits of having an intern join your team.

1. Free Up the Staff

Once your interns have been taught the basics of their responsibilities, you can then move your professional staff on to bigger and better things. Is there a project that has been on hold due to lack of time?  Now is your chance to utilize your resources in the best possible ways. Not only will the interns benefit from the hands on experience, your company is maximizing time and getting more accomplished with the new system.

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2. Hire From Within

Imagine having the advantage of molding future talent specifically for your company without the risk of initial full time employment. Your company can enjoy the best of both worlds. Once the intern has shown a good pattern of work ethic over the course of the internship, you can then offer a full time position. The benefit of knowing the dependability of your employee will save time and money on a chancy new recruit. Don’t waste unnecessary time on a hiring package just to be burned. Take the guesswork out of the hiring process and choose who is already a perfect fit for the company: your intern.

3. Increase Staff Retention Rate

When an intern has dedicated their personal time and efforts to a position, they will be more appreciative and loyal once a permanent position is offered to them. It’s easy to quit on a company that you have nothing invested in.  However, an intern has more to loose than the average employee. With no prior formal experience, the intern will need to use your company as the only reference on the resume. Needless to say, the intern is more likely to stay with your company for the long haul.

4. Give Back to the Community

Businesses small and large can always use the support of the community. Giving back to the community by providing internships is a great public relations tool to get exposure. Your company can be seen as a stepping stone for young people to achieve their dreams. Investing into the local community is also a great way to boost company morale.

5. Recruit Future Interns

Use your internship program to generate enthusiasm among prospective interns. Show each intern a meaningful experience that is sure to create buzz across the campus. When it’s time to enlist more interns, there will be an excited crop of students in place to choose from.

Are you ready to reap the benefits of having an intern in your company?  For those located in the Rhode Island area, post your internship on www.bridge.jobs to help you find the perfect intern for your company. Learn more information about creating an internship program with the Guide to Structuring a Successful Internship Program.

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About bridge.jobs

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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