Companies from large to small experience a cinched budget from time to time. And while all companies strive to achieve maximum productivity and output while maintaining the minimum required number of employees, there is always room for improvement. It’s these times when the thought of adding an intern to the mix may have crossed your mind.
Internship programs offer a number of benefits to an organization, whether they are a startup or in the midst of a growth spurt. Programs range from traditional, unpaid internships, to paid programs. Regardless of the style of program that is right for your business, here are some of the benefits you will experience by adding an internship program to your framework.
Trial Period with New Talent
An internship is a relatively risk-free way of testing the potential of a new candidate. Evaluate their skills in action, experience their work ethic and views on company culture, and review their productivity on projects in real-time. If everything pans out, an intern could be a great addition to the team. At the same time, if they are not a good fit, use this opportunity to redefine the role and adjust the job description and hiring criteria before pursuing a new candidate.
Bringing in a fresh face, someone new to the industry or market, and someone who has not experienced day-to-day operations at your organization could have an enlightening effect. Interns typically don’t come to the new position with a ton of on-the-job experience. This allows for fresh and diverse perspectives on your business, policies, procedures, operations, strategies, and plans. While the feedback is unsolicited, it will behoove you to take advantage of the ideas. Encourage your interns to share their thoughts, engage in brainstorming sessions, and help improve your organization.
Opening your doors to students and recent graduates help to root your business in the neighboring community. Internships are a great way to show your community dedication to both the people and the local economy.
Strengthen Your Brand
Offering an internship through a local university or internship program touting one-on-one, real-world training and experience, mentoring, and opportunities to explore lesser-known industries can improve your brand awareness with interns and potential hires, alike.
If done properly, internship programs are a huge benefit to both the intern candidates and the business. From building strong relationships and evaluating potential talent, to taking a fresh look at your organizational framework and reinforcing your brand in the community. If you’re ready to change the way you retain talent, accomplish business goals, and improve company culture, Vensure is ready to be your partner. Contact us to learn more.