Our Interns, Our Future
Employers are an essential part of preparing our future job seekers for the workforce. Professional skill development
provides our youth with a greater chance for personal success and economic mobility. Your willingness to host an intern
has the potential to change their life.
What Is an Internship?
Internships are jobs with learning objectives, designed to provide students or adult professionals with practical work
experience and skill development within a desired occupation or profession. Some are paid, and some are unpaid.
Why Offer Internships?
Although there are many benefits for students or adult professionals to participate in an internship, employers also
benefit from internships. Internships not only help large companies, they can also benefit medium and small businesses.
Top 5 Reasons to Hire an Intern
- Find hidden talent and future employees
- Increase productivity
- Increase employee retention
- Enhance perspective
- Give back to the community by supporting and mentoring students
The National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey
Report queried member employers after hosting interns. They found that:
- Employers made full-time offers to 64.8% of their interns;
- 79% of these offers were accepted;
- Employees who completed an internship program with their employer are more likely to remain as an employee
at both the one-year and five-year retention benchmarks.
Hosting an Intern
Hosting an intern requires planning, but once you create an internship plan you have a tool to utilize annually.
You also will learn a lot of lessons on the way. A business's work culture varies, as you experience hosting an intern
for the first time it is encouraged to note lessons learned and modify your next internship process accordingly so both
you and your interns get the most out of the experience.
We've put together a step-by-step list on how to plan and hire an intern to make things easier for you. We've also
organized materials to assist you in your planning.
How to Create an Internship Program