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Small Business Smarts: The Benefits of Starting an Internship Program

Published on May 27, 2011

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http://www.bizfilings.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Opportunity-iStock_000009642059Small.jpgEverybody knows that internships are a fantastic opportunity for students to learn, grow and get their foot in the door — especially in today's competitive job market. But have you ever thought about the benefits a small business enjoys by hiring interns? I don’t mean hiring an intern for coffee runs, packing boxes or sweeping the floor. I’m talking about hiring interns that are studying to become experts in the same field as your business. These soon-to-be professionals can offer you fresh ideas, renewed vitality and the opportunity to run your business on a larger scale then you do now. Some businesses fail to see the immense potential in utilizing an intern as part of the team. But if you’re prepared to be a mentor, and take the time to train your interns well, you just might find yourself with a multitude of benefits. According to Internships.com, these include:
  • Connecting with future employees
  • Test-driving the talent before you hire them
  • Increasing productivity for managers, employees and your business as a whole
  • Low expense with high-return potential
  • Supporting students as they prepare to enter the workforce
  • Giving back to the community
There’s also another benefit that may not be as easy to see: improved reputation. Think about how your company will stand out in the marketplace when your interns, employees and managers start telling people what a positive impact your company is making on our youth. And how you’re supporting your staff by giving them the help they need. What better way to increase your bottom line, than by helping others in the process? Need more information on how to get started? Here are 12 steps to setting up an intern program. May your business always experience abundance, growth and prosperity … Related Links - No-cost Staffing Options - When is an Intern an Employee?