by Joanna Easby, PRIME Intern, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
In the past decade, the number of students looking for
internships has skyrocketed. To get a job in today’s economy, students need more than just a college degree. Employers want experience, not just time
in the classroom.
Everyone knows internships are great for students. The
question is, are internships also great for the companies that hire them? The
answer is yes. Internships can help out a business in several ways, making the
experience mutually beneficial for both the intern and the employer.
Here are three reasons why interns are good for businesses:
efficiency in the work place - All companies need an extra set of hands
sometimes just to get the work load done. An intern can take on some of the
more tedious and lengthy tasks that all businesses have to deal with, like
filing and sending emails. Just make sure to mix it in with more interactive
tasks so that they get a real sense for what it is like to work there (and so
they don’t get bored).
- New ideas
and skills - Students looking for internships get younger and younger every
year. Nowadays, a lot of high schools offer internship opportunities to students as
young as 15. With the younger generation looking for work experience, they can
also bring new skills and ideas into the work environment. For example, no one
understands social media like a teenager or college student. Although 20-somethings
are the social media generation, they weren’t the ones with cell phones in elementary
school and using Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest by the time they were 14.
Understanding social media and how to use it to your advantage is something
that the younger generation knows well, and is necessary for businesses to use
in order to grow in the future.
new employees - The thing about most internships is that they are either unpaid
or offer little money, but many interns work and train like a full-time
employee. This gives employers an opportunity that they do not have very often;
a chance to scope out a potential new employee for an extended period of time.
This way, the employer can see whether they like the way this person acts and
performs in the work place and if they could be a potential new employee. This
would mean that you wouldn’t have to go through an interviewing process, and
your new employee would already be partially or fully trained for the job.
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