For most of us internships were an opportunity to gain valuable experience prior to entering into full time employment.
The value of an internship can’t be underestimated by either the intern or the business owner.
Internships are great because they help others gain experience; help employers get affordable and talented help; and it can be an opportunity to start as an intern where both parties can see if there is a good fit for future employment. Interns can also bring a fresh and new perspective to your business. They can lead the charge in a new initiative that you’ve wanted to do; but just didn’t have the time or the resourses to get started!
A recent survey of graduates and employers by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) confirmed how important internships are for MBA students. 42 per cent of MBA and specialized master’s graduates said they gained work experience while at business school. Those who did an internship were 26 per cent more likely to have a job offer upon graduation compared to their classmates without the same experience.
Businesses now more than ever have taken a look at how interns can provide a flexible and affordable approach to growth. Having interns is a key strategy to growing your business FAST. When you have the right interns doing the right things, YOU CAN DOUBLE your business in a very short period of time.
If you have a “busy season” an intern can be a great asset. One of our clients utilizes interns specifically for that reason. Taking a proactive approach to his busy tax season, our client makes sure he has qualified interns to assist him at the office. The interns have taken on tasks such as tax information mailings, answering phones, following up with clients, sending out thank you letters and annual tax summary questionnaires. These interns are working for free in exchange of gaining valuable experience in their field. There is also an opportunity for future employment. In taking on interns our client saves an estimated 25,000 a year!!
So, how can you grow your business with interns?
We’re hosting a complimentary webinar “Double Your Business with Interns” with Michelle Demers and Julie Braun, the Dynamic Duo of Super Interns and the creators of The Super Interns System, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8 pm ET. To Register: How to Grow a Business with Interns
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