September 22, 2016

Interns can be a great addition to your team, whether it’s for a specific project or a permanent addition to your company. You don’t have to have a full-fledged internship program to bring on interns. Here are three reasons more and more companies are hiring interns. 

1. They make projects financially feasible

Every company has a few projects they would love to do but can’t afford or just can’t find time to work on. Hiring interns to work on these projects is more affordable and allows full-time employees to stay focused on other tasks. Internships typically last three to six months, which is ideal for many projects. Hiring an intern for a project can show whether a potential full-time hire is a good fit for the company. Many projects that a company undertakes may require skills the company isn’t equipped with. Assigning interns unique tasks that your company doesn’t usually have can save you from hiring someone full-time for a short amount of time. For example, building or redesigning a website. 

2. They turn into full-time employees

Screening potential candidates can be a hard and tedious process. Hiring a soon-to-be graduate for an internship is a great way to evaluate candidates before bringing them on permanently. You may avoid hiring someone who isn’t right for the position. Internship programs can also act as long-term training. When you’re certain you want to bring a student on upon graduation, an internship gives them time to learn some of the skills they will need when they join your company full-time.

3. They help you get ahead

Entrepreneurs often find themselves treading water, meaning they’re spending all their time “keeping up” instead of growing their business. This is called working “in” the business instead of working “on” the business. An intern can help you catch up and get ahead. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should hire an intern because you don’t have time. Instead, they can act as a temporary boost so that you can work on the bigger picture. Be careful, hiring an intern to help keep up with day-to-day tasks can cause a snowball effect. Once they leave you may end up further behind than you were before. However, hiring an intern to get ahead allows you to focus on working “on” the business instead of “in” it.