why internships are important for employers
Anyone can tell you that internships are great for college students and recent grads who need experience on their resume. But what about the other half? How important are internships to employers themselves?
Just as interns can benefit from their experience, you and your company can benefit in several ways by offering internships.
- Internships can function as a means to try out potential employees. An internship gives the intern and the company a chance to see if they are a good fit before committing to full-time employment. In addition, companies may prefer hiring interns as compared to candidates with no experience at all; this is because hiring an intern saves them the time and cost of training a new employee.
- Internships can be used as training ground for new hires. If an employer has decided that an intern is qualified for the job but needs more experience or skills training in order to be hired, they could make arrangements for him/her to continue working at the company on a part-time basis while subsequent phases of training are completed.
- Interns help complete projects that might otherwise take longer due to limited resources or staff shortages within your organization. In fact, we’ve found that interns often bring fresh ideas or come up with innovative solutions that could otherwise go unnoticed by regular employees.
The numbers don’t lie. Here are seven reasons why internships are important for employers, too.
- Internships are a great way to recruit new talent. As previously mentioned, internships are an excellent way to bring new talent into your agency. You can use the experience of your interns to get a fresh perspective on old problems and give them real-world experience that will help them excel in their career.
- Internships are a great way to get new ideas and keep things fresh. By taking on interns, you will have the opportunity to tap into the latest thinking of “digital natives” who grew up surrounded by technology. Your agency’s employees will benefit from the insights of this incoming generation and benefit from their enthusiasm for learning about emerging technologies and trends. At the same time, you will be able to teach these interns more about what it takes to be successful in a government agency and help them understand the importance of customer service, which is one of our key competencies as an agency.
- Internships are a great way to build a pipeline of talent for future hires. The best part about hiring interns is that most interns have no intention of staying at your agency forever – they just want some hands-on experience before going off on their own or pursuing another career path entirely. This means that you don’t have any long-term commitments with these employees, so if they aren’t performing up to par during their internship period, they can always be let go without any repercussions or negative impact on morale (or even worse – having someone quit unexpectedly).
- Internships are a great way to build relationships with schools and universities in your community. Another benefit is that internships provide an excellent opportunity for government agencies like yours’ HR departments
1. Internships grow talent pools with qualified, vibrant candidates in your industry.
You can find qualified, vibrant candidates in your industry by offering internships. As a part of the internship hiring process, you can identify talent early on and grow your talent pool with qualified, vibrant candidates in your industry. You can also help interns learn more about what they want to do as they become professionals. For example, if you’re hiring interns at a publishing company in 2021 and one of them decides they don’t like book editing but they enjoy marketing books or writing book reviews, then that’s great information to have when it comes time for them to decide what career path is right for them. Or if someone thinks the daily grind at a magazine isn’t for them but would love being an independent freelancer who occasionally gets assignments from magazines and newspapers, that’s also good information to know before you hire someone full-time.
2. Interns can take on tasks that free up time for full-time employees to focus on more mission-critical projects.
As an employer, you have a lot on your plate. It’s difficult to finish everything on your to-do list even when you’re working with a full staff. In fact, nearly half of all employers (44 percent) admit that they have trouble finding time to complete more complex projects due to their day-to-day work tasks.
A great way for employers to find the time they need is by hiring interns who can assume some of the basic tasks associated with running a business. For example, internships can help:
- Organize database information and update spreadsheets
- Create and maintain filing systems
- Assist with planning events and meetings
3. Hosting interns provides a place for people to learn and develop, which is a core value of many companies today.
Internships are also an opportunity for interns to learn and grow. For many people, interning is the first experience they have entering the workforce. It’s a chance to make a good impression as well as get to know how your company works. Interns can gain new skills and learn about the industry, and you may even hire them full-time after their internship ends.
Internships provide a place for people to learn and develop, which is a core value at many companies today. This lets your company be part of cultivating future talent while also supporting your employees’ development in the long term—something that can help you attract top candidates in the future.
4. Internships can help save money by training future employees before they need to be onboarded, which cuts down on potential missteps and mistakes caused by lack of information or knowledge gaps.
- Interns are a great opportunity to save costs.
As an employer, you’ll want to pay your interns just enough that they’re not losing money by working at your company. However, interns will almost always be cheaper than full-time employees. By putting the time in with an intern now and developing them before they become full-time employees, you can save the money you would have spent onboarding those future hires. The same goes for terminating interns—it’s less of a headache, to put it lightly, when letting go of someone who isn’t on payroll as a full-time employee.
Interns can also take some of the pressure off existing staff members by handling work that isn’t mission critical. If a task is tedious or something that absolutely needs to get done but won’t break anything if it’s not perfect, then an intern is a great candidate for taking care of these small tasks. Plus, this helps your team focus on their specific areas of expertise instead of getting bogged down with irrelevant tasks or projects that could otherwise be completed by someone else on the team (like an intern!).
Finally, interns are great resources for documentation! When working with software engineers I found it incredibly helpful to get them involved in writing and maintaining our internal documentation from day one so that we had fresh eyes on what we were doing and new perspectives from people who had just started learning about our code base (rather than looking at it through years of experience). This keeps the documentation up to date while also training our future software engineers on how to write good documentation so they don’t have to spend extra time learning later on when they’re officially part of the team!
5. Interns bring fresh perspectives and ideas, so hosting them can help keep your company’s ideas innovative!
Interns are at a stage in their careers where they’re learning about the workplace, and many of them will be making industry connections that can be very advantageous to your company. For example, if an intern is studying engineering and you run a tech firm, he or she may have spent time learning from various professors who have different opinions on the field of technology. These professors can provide valuable insight when they visit your company’s headquarters over the summer. Additionally, as interns bring their own ideas to your organization, they might help spark new ideas within other employees as well!
6. Internships can boost your company’s reputation with others who will see it as an opportunity to succeed at one of the most sought-after companies in your industry!
- Internships can boost your company’s reputation with others who will see it as an opportunity to succeed at one of the most sought-after companies in your industry!
With a positive reputation, potential employees are more likely to be drawn to your company for internships. This is because those who have already interned for you will speak highly of their experience and how well they were treated. Creating goodwill among former personnel can also bring them back later on when you need to fill fulltime positions or even take on new interns—they’ll jump at the chance to work for a company that helped them get started in their careers or hone the skills needed for advancement.
It’s important that you build up your reputation by providing high-quality programs with knowledgeable staff members as well as plenty of opportunities outside of work hours so interns don’t feel like they’re being left out all day long (or worse: stuck behind desks). Think about what kind of environment would appeal most strongly to students seeking an internship and make sure you set up something similar so they’ll want to come work with you again next year too!
7. Investing in internships is a way to strengthen relationships with schools that could send you even more qualified candidates in the future!
- Investing in internships is a way to strengthen relationships with schools that could send you even more qualified candidates in the future!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your business could get mass amounts of qualified, motivated candidates to fill your open positions? Internships are a great way to do that. Think about it: if your company offers many high-quality internships, and you make an effort to build connections with schools and colleges, they’re more likely to direct talented students your way.
Doing so can be as simple as keeping track of internship applicants’ progress at your place of business and asking them what they think. How is their internship going? Have they learned something new? Are they enjoying their experience thus far? When the internship is over, you can get feedback from interns about how the program went for them—and if everything was positive on both ends, interns will likely tell other students at their school about their experience at your company. That’s how word gets around!
Employers have just as much to gain from hosting interns as interns do by participating in them!
Just as the intern gains new skills and connections, employers have just as much to gain from hosting interns as interns do by participating in them.
In a globalized economy, a company’s investment in its future is one of its most important assets. This can be interpreted in numerous ways: investing capital into research and development, providing opportunities for employees to learn new skills, and/or developing good relationships with other companies are all ways to invest in your company’s future. Hiring interns is another way of investing in your company’s future. The internships provide individuals with the opportunity to develop their skills while learning about what it’s like to work within that field or industry. As these students graduate and begin their careers, they will remember the institutions where they had good experiences and will hopefully seek out employment at those companies, because they know that working there would be an enjoyable experience.
Interns can also be a valuable resource for creating partnerships between companies or organizations. The interdisciplinary nature of many internship programs means that students often come into contact with other organizations through their internship placements and may be able to instruct their current employer about how collaborating with those other companies could mutually benefit both parties; this promotes economic growth and provides more job opportunities for recent graduates who are looking for work experience. In addition, offering internship positions help build up a company’s reputation among potential employees and customers because it shows that it is willing to invest in the community by giving people opportunities to learn new skills or begin building on-the-job training