For some start-ups it is inevitable to hire interns at the initial stages of their company’s growth. While this may initially appear to be a good practice, especially with start-ups’ tight financial constraints, the grind of managing the interns could overshadow the benefits of having them in your office.
Internships are a “give and take” relationship because the commitment goes both ways – an intern works for your start-up, but you have to teach the intern the necessary skills and give him or her individual learning plan in return. The intern is working for you because he or she wants to learn and get experience in his or her field of expertise.
Pros and cons of hiring interns
There are mostly ‘pros’, but you need to be aware of one con: Interns are time consuming in the beginning of their internship. You need to take the time to teach them a new set of skills and integrate them into the workplace.
Here are the benefits of hiring interns:
- The most important benefit to the start-ups is that they get cost effective dynamic workforce.
- For most interns, it is their first job, so they give their best to the employer. They are motivated and have desire to learn and progress within their field.
- Interns fill positions and assist employers with innovative ideas and technology.
- Internships allow employers to connect with and build relationships with students early in their academic careers
- Employers can test the candidates before offering him/her full time position within an organization.
- Smaller, less important tasks could be given to interns, so that experienced workforce could devote their full attention to more productive work.
However, these benefits could come at a cost of your time and energy.
- You spend more time teaching them how to work and what to work on
- If you have more number of interns, your business activities may suffer when interns go back to school.
- Most start-up founders will take the interns under their wing and teach them what they know. As an internship cycle usually repeats itself every 3/6 months, it can be quite taxing.
- If handover is not done properly when an internship comes to an end, you could lose your business.
In a small start-up, interns can either make or break your company. However, if handled and planned correctly, internships can be meaningful to both you – the employer and your interns.
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