Does Your Office Need an Intern?

April 17, 2019 | 684 views

Does Your Office Need an Intern?
Does Your Office Need an Intern?

Internships can be mutually beneficial work arrangements if they truly meet the needs of the company and of the intern. They provide a rich opportunity for less-experienced workers to develop their resume, learn office protocols, and perhaps prove themselves as a worthy longer-term hire.

Many college students look to internships to develop themselves and prepare for the working world, and because of that, they are ready to work hard. They are not yet limited by what they think they cannot do and will willingly try their best. Employers then take the lead to ensure the relationship is worthwhile for both the employer and the intern.

So, would an intern make sense for you? If you can provide mentoring for the intern, if you are open to new ideas, and if you have a specific project that can be completed during the term of the internship, then the answer is a resounding “yes.”

The business’s goals must come first, so an intern’s work and time must enhance the company in some appropriate way. Laws vary, but in general, an intern who can assist in the development of a new process, system, database, or product will be valuable. If you have a development project that can be used within a few months and put to use, this is an appropriate project for an intern. On the flip side, it also creates a project-based resume item for the person you choose.

Mentoring must be provided in some way to ensure the project’s success and to provide appropriate guidance. A single person must be dedicated to working with the intern on a regular basis for coaching. This mentor could be a middle manager who needs to practice mentoring himself, but who can also teach industry information, guide internal office communication needs and style, and be available to the intern when needed.

As an intern is mentored and a project begins to develop, you will also benefit from new ideas your intern provides. Fresh faces come with new ideas to consider. If you are open to new ways of doing things, there may good options that come from a fresh perspective.

Could a current employee work on the project you envision? Perhaps, but if well-planned, an internship relationship could be the arrangement you need to move forward on that project, open the company’s eyes to new ideas, and provide a win-win working relationship for you and your new intern.

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.   

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