As a business owner, you're probably looking for ways to get more done in less time, and perhaps even save money. One way to do that is to hire an intern.
I was an intern one summer, and I found the experience valuable. That's the key for businesses. Recent scrutiny on internships means that you do need to be careful if you decide to get an intern to help you out.
How an Intern Can Help Your Business
Provide Value for Your Intern
- The internship is supposed to benefit the intern
- You should make sure to meet the requirements set forth by the school
- Interns should receive relevant hands-on training
- The intern should be supervised in some way
This can be a win-win situation for you. Many young people are digital natives and can easily take over some of the tasks that require social media and computer use. This can be a way for them to practice their skills while helping you grow your business.
If you can't pay your intern, find ways to make up for it other ways. You can take your intern to lunch a couple times and let him or her pick your brain. Consider other ways to provide benefit for your intern, such as providing free merchandise, or writing a personal letter of recommendation that the intern can use to advance his or her career later.
As long as you give your intern meaningful work, there is a good chance that he or she will be happy to do the work and earn the college credit. It's not always ideal, but it can be a way to get a little extra for a little less. Look for ways to help your interns learn and grow, even as your interns help your business.