Employers: What You Need to Know About Internships (Part I)

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Summer is fast approaching, and with school obligations out of the way, that means it’s a great opportunity for students to gain some sort of experience that will be vital to their future career.

For many companies, this can prove to be a problem. Since a majority of students have to return to school and fully commit to their studies, hiring them during summer break only provides a small window of opportunity to tap into the bright and rich talent of the future emerging work force. In turn, companies end up spending a lot of time and resources training their young employees, knowing that many of them won’t return after three months.

Still, that doesn’t mean you should leave the hiring to the companies who can handle the turnovers. One way to take advantage of the brief time with these future professionals is by utilizing an internship program. To guide you through the art of internships, here is a brief guide on everything you need to know about them.

For today, we’ll focus on why you should consider using internships. Take a look below:

  • Less commitment for you. Creating an internship program helps to formalize your approach to these short-term employees. By specifically designating them as interns, you already know ahead of time what you need to commit to them, helping to reduce the amount of time and resources that you would usually put towards a full-time or even part-time employee.
  • Builds your candidate pool. Secondly, internships help to build your candidate pool because they give students the option to test out your company. With internships, those who are unsure about where they want to go in their professional career may feel more comfortable with applying because they understand that there is less commitment involved in the position.
  • A future employee “trial run.” Employers can also utilize internships as a trial run for future employees. One, internships help you to scope out and lock in on top talent; two, you have solid evidence of their work; and three, they’ll already be acclimated to the company culture and all of the procedures, making it a win-win situation for you.

Check back tomorrow when we give you a few tips on how your company can go about making a successful internship program.

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