Employers: 20 Reasons to Hire an Intern

When it comes down to the bottom line, is hiring an intern really worth it?  There are many benefits that come along with hiring interns to your organization.  If you are debating on hiring an intern, the following information will make your decision a lot easier.

1) Higher Retention Rate

It has been proven that permanent employees who start off as interns have a higher retention rate than other employees.

2) Productivity

When you have interns available, you can allow your employees to work on projects that require more experience and skill.  The interns can gain knowledge on a lower level while your employees blossom.

3) Give Back to the Community

When your organization takes the time to help a youth hone the necessary skills to succeed in the industry, you are giving back to the community in a big way. Taking on interns puts your company in a good light.

4) Evaluate Before You Commit

A new hire packet is very serious business. So why not decrease the chances of the new hire jumping ship? Test out the talent with an internship program to see what the prospective employee has to offer. View how well the intern weaves into the company culture.

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5) Fresh Perspective

Having a new mind with a fresh pair of eyes in the workplace can enhance the work environment as a whole. New perspective can lead to better ideas, more efficient workflow, and new skills.

6) Alumni Gift

If you want to help contribute to your alma mater, an internship program may be the perfect way.

7)  Help Students

An internship may be just the tool that catapults the career of a young hopeful. The added experience on the resume of a fresh graduate can help land jobs easier.

8) Social Media Savvy

Young adults are far more knowledgeable about the ins and outs of social media. Take advantage by setting your intern into the social media aspect of marketing.

9) Amiable 

Most interns are just happy to be in the field of choice so they are typically more friendly.

10) Leg Work

Allow your interns to do some (but not too much – they still need to learn!) busy work around the company to knock out some leg work with ease. Just try to keep busy work to no more than 20% of the intern’s time.

11) Save Recruitment Costs

When you do your hiring through an internship program, you save on your recruitment sector.

12) Challenge Your Employees

Interns are eager to impress. Their work can create healthy rivalry for permanent employees to improve.

13) Word of Mouth 

Having a good internship in place will cause interns to talk about your company in a positive light.

14) Business Network

Interns have an amazing opportunity to build a business network that would otherwise be unavailable.

15) Jump on the Bandwagon

More employers are seeking employees who have internship experience. Help students obtain that experience with an internship program.

16) Diversity

Colleges are a wonderful resource for finding interns who speak other languages in addition to English. Your company may be able to benefit from this level of diversity.

17) Improve Management 

If you have some new management in need of more training, placing interns in their care will get them the experience that they need.

18) The Wave of the Future

Your internship can help to mold the next big mind of the industry of tomorrow.

19) It’s Easy to Find Good Talent

It’s not hard to find a good intern. There are numerous resources for employers to locate good talent.

20) The Latest Knowledge

Although they have minimal on the job training, classroom knowledge of the latest trends can come in handy.

Visit www.bridge.jobs to find talent for your internship today!

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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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