The Pros and Cons of Hiring Interns
At its best, hiring an intern is a positive experience for both your organization and the young person coming to work for you. While this form of working relationship can be positive for all parties, there are some potential drawbacks to be aware of. Consider both the Pros and Cons before you take the plunge and hire an intern:
Benefits of Hiring an Intern
- Energy and enthusiasm: It may be their first job, but this fresh graduate will bring a lot of energy to the job; they’ll also be in a receptive, learning frame of mind.
- Up to date skills: Recent grads likely have up to the minute skills with technology and are ready to tackle many tasks that your current employees may not be up to date on just yet. This fresh knowledge can help power your brand forward and shorten the learning curve, too.
- ROI: When you invest time in forging a relationship with an intern, you may end up with a loyal employee for years to come. Make it easy for them to work for you and go to school and provide a supportive environment and they’ll stick around for a long time to come.
Drawbacks of Hiring an Intern
- They need lots of training: You may end up spending a significant amount of time training your new intern – or your other staffers may have to take on this role. The training required is an investment, but it can draw you away from other key tasks.
- Lack of experience: It’s their first time in the workplace, and they may not get how things work just yet. In some cases, your intern will be a different demographic than the rest of the group and may not fit in as smoothly as an experienced professional.
- Less flexibility: If your intern is still in school, the hours they are available could be sporadic and sparse; some weeks could look like full time employment, others could only have a few available hours.
Full understanding and transparency on both sides can help both you and your intern make the most of the process and fully benefit your brand.