Pros and Cons of Hiring an Intern Hiring an intern has a lot of pros, but it may not be a win/win situation in every situation. When considering hiring an intern, you might want take the following into consideration.
- Interns provide extra help usually at a college or higher skill level.
- Save money.
- Interns earn little or no pay but do expect valuable work experience.
- Interns can bring new, fresh insight into your business.
- Interns can be hired for specific skill area projects, rather than a general helper.
- Interns benefit by the on-hands learning experience and earn school credit.
- You are helping train the future colleagues in your field.
- Hiring an intern requires the same search and interview process as hiring a full employee; as well as time must be spent training.
- It cannot be assumed that an intern can immediately jump into an employee’s role, and an intern could become frustrated and discouraged if this assumption is made.
- Lots of paperwork/forms/report usually accompany the intern earning credit.
In summary, hiring an intern may save you some money and definitely fulfills a specific need. It also gives a young person on-the-job training and you are servicing your community. However, if time is of the essence, this might not be the best path to follow. Keep in mind that hiring an intern needs not only benefit you, but should greatly benefit the intern as well.