How interns can make you a better employer [Employers]

Interns offer employers so many benefits it’s hard to tell where to start. In addition to giving companies access to tomorrow’s rising stars, internship programs give you a chance to test drive your future staff.

Taking on an intern can mean putting in a little upfront work, but the payoff is well-worth the initial investment of time.

Benefit #1: Boost in Productivity and Manpower

Speaking of short-term benefits, you can obviously expect to see a big boost in productivity and manpower after you have trained your intern on specific tasks. The increase in manpower can give your regular staff the time to explore more challenging projects and re-invigorate or motivate long-time members of your organization.

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This isn’t a case of one-way benefit, though: Interns themselves get their foot in the door and much-needed work experience. At the same time, as an employer running an internship program, you’ll improve your ties to the community and increase your professional partnerships.

Benefit #2: Interns Can Complete Actual Work Assignments

One of the best ways to get more mileage out of your internship program is giving your interns actual work assignments instead of make-work jobs to do around the office.

Giving interns real work to do increases their engagement through employing their critical thinking, problem solving and sense of camaraderie while providing more benefits to you, the employer.

At the same time, providing more hard-hitting work assignments will help you separate the best interns from the rest.

You’ll find out which interns have the academic and professional pedigree to cut it in your competitive workplace. You could very well also gain insights into what’s working and what needs to be tweaked with your internship program itself.

Benefit #3: Improve the Quality of Full-time Staff

From an employer’s perspective, an internship program should be providing short-term benefits like increased productivity and long-term benefits, namely an improvement in the quality of your full-time staff.

Sometimes the talent is right under your nose but simply needs more incentive to make the leap to your company.

If you suspect that’s the case – that you’re struggling to attract the best talent around – then why not try offering things like relocation assistance or student loan repayment assistance to students to show that you’re serious about finding the best and brightest?

Considering the fact that over two-thirds of employers end up extending full-time job offers to interns, offering assistance – or simply advice – on the most affordable housing in the area or defraying relocation expenses for interns coming from other parts of the country can be huge incentives for interns to pick you.

Offering partial scholarships to local interns or student loan repayment assistance, on the other hand, will increase your ties to the community and put you in touch with even more interns who can help your company expand in the future.

Benefit #4: Internships Increase Your Community Ties

Empathizing with a student intern’s hectic schedule and offering more flex-time for intern work schedules is another great way to attract all-star interns. Give interns set assignments to complete on their schedule, or perhaps even remotely.

You might even consider having a presence on campus with a college recruiting staff comprised of current interns and a few full-time staff to get the word out.

When done right, student interns very often turn into brand advocates on campus. When they’re on-site with your company, student interns are also likely providing a richer social media presence and greater facility with emerging technologies.

Start your search for interns by posting an opportunity at bridge.jobs.

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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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