Interns & Internships
Have any of you ever tried yoga? Well, if you have, you know how difficult obtaining balance can be. All of the different positions you have to undergo to set your body into the perfect state of equilibrium can be strenuous and exhausting. And undertaking these feats (however difficult they may be) kind of reminds you of operating a business, doesn’t it?
Just like yoga, you have to find balance in the way you run and maintain your business endeavors. And sometimes it may be tiring when your business demands you to be pulled in many different directions just to obtain that equilibrium we all seek. But we do need that equilibrium to generate income so we can continue to grow our business. Think you could use a little help?
Consider how your team to help you maintain the balance in your business. You’ll have time to work on more important goals that could help generate additional income.
By Lexi R. – University of Oregon – Marketing Major & Savvy Ezine Marketing Intern – DeannaMaio.com
As a small business owner, do you ever get stressed out about trying to find good help for your business? Finding interns to seek your business (instead of looking to work with much larger companies with more incentives) is a difficult feat to accomplish. And luring in potential candidates may be tricky if you don’t know where to find them. So what’s the secret? Where are all of the qualified intern candidates hiding?
Classrooms. With thousands of students at your disposal all hoping to seize an internship that’s specific to their field of study, you can hire college students that are truly passionate about learning and gaining the experiences that your business can offer.
And how do I know this? I’m an intern for Deanna Maio as well as a junior at the University of Oregon. I am majoring in marketing and got my internship with Deanna due to one of the tricks I am about to share with you. From a students perspective, I will show you what WE interns look for when applying for internships and where we go to find them. My name is Lexi, and here are my four tricks you can use to find college interns.
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An internship provides numerous benefits to an intern, such as increasing their knowledge and skill set on a particular subject, creating valuable hands on experiences, and a way to improve and add to their resume. But an internship program isn’t just for the interns!
An internship program can also benefit your business in a number of ways. Interns can provide your business with benefits you may not even know you need. They can offer another set of hands when you may not have enough time in the day, and they also offer fresh perspectives.
Most interns will just be coming out of high school or college, so they can offer new skills that your business may not currently possess or that may not have even existed when your business got up and running. Interns offer help with progressing on difficult or stalled projects, and they are good candidates in determining future full-time employment or contract work.
The decision to hire an intern or even multiple interns is an easy process that can provide your business with the help it needs to remain successful and thriving.
As an often time-strapped business owner, I understand the benefits that interns can bring to a business. My interns help me with social networking, general organizational assistance and help with specific tasks that I may not otherwise have time to accomplish. Interns are a valuable human resource tool, and understanding the world of internships and the many regulations it entails can sometimes be a bit tricky. NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, can become a valuable asset to you, helping to not only connect you to your ideal interns, but to assist you in understanding the broad scope of all that an internship entails.
NACE is an organization created in 1956 that helps connect college students with career opportunities such as internships. On June 30th of this year, NACE issued a position statement regarding unpaid internships.
If you’re creating an intern program, you’ve got to look at it from both sides. You’re looking for someone to help you out. You won’t be paying them – or if you are, it’s not going to be much. So why would anyone want to work for you for free?
Internships are all about gaining the experience that will expand a resume and help people along their career path. The bonus for you is free or low cost help. It’s not the other way around. It’s not about free help for you that, with a bit of luck, may be useful to your unpaid helper. That’s a recipe for unhappy interns. If they aren’t going to receive financial recompense, you’ve got to give them something that’s valuable to them in another way.