Internship programs have become a two-way street for students and employers. Students value work force experience that builds up their resumes. Businesses value up-and-coming young talent who are eager to learn and willing to pitch in.
In fact, according to an article posted on Business Insider, roughly 75% of students get involved with at least one internship during their college career—a figure that’s doubled since the 1980s. Similarly, by hiring such a large number of interns, corporations potentially save up to $2 billion dollars annually with their internship program, and an additional $15,000 for each intern they choose to hire as a full time employee.
If these numbers didn’t impress you, here are 5 reasons why your intern is valuable:
- Perspective—interns bring a different skillset to the table than more seasoned colleagues. Leverage these new ideas and perspectives.
- Economics—the job market is tough, so intern supply is high. You should have your fair share of eager talent looking to come onboard at an affordable price.
- Flexibility— not looking for a full-time resource? Interns provide the right level of flexibility, whether you need someone 1 or 5 days a week.
- Positive Attitude—it’s all about “Winning!” Interns are eager to learn and eager to help. New projects will bulk up their resume so many are willing to pitch in— especially when it’s crunch time!
- Internal Talent—top talent can come from within if you invest in your employees. Instead of spending resources on new hire interviewing and training, develop your interns into successful FTEs.
So remember, the next time you have a special task or project, ask (Insert Name), not just “the intern.” It will pay off in the long run for both of you.