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Interns can offer many benefits to the workplace from supplemental labor to offering a new outlook on the company. College students who intern want to seize the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. They're also eager to be of value to your company and often come prepared with knowledge of new technology and a fresh operational perspective. In fact, upon the recommendation of an accounting intern, one of our experience providers recently implemented a new accounting system for his company.

While not all internships will deliver such stellar results, there is no denying that interns can be valuable, short-term contributors to a company.  Additionally,

  • Providing internships gives your company access to a pool of motivated, intelligent students.
  • Supplementing your staff with interns provides professional staff with more time to pursue long-term or more creative projects.
  • You gain a flexible work force with no requirement of a long-term commitment.
  • Internships are a proven way to recruit potential employees.
  • In a 2006 survey, 83 percent of employers reported higher retention rates for employees with internship experience, compared to those who had none (National Association of Colleges and Employers).

In a 2008 experiential education survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that: 

  • 90 percent of employer respondents indicated the primary purpose for offering internships is to recruit entry-level talent
  • Offers of full-time employment as a result of the internship increased from 56.9 percent in 2001 to 69.6 percent in 2008
  • Interns converted to full-time hires increased from 35.6 percent in 2001 to 50.5 percent in 2008.

If you are willing to mentor a student and offer an intellectually rigorous experience that meets the criteria for academic credit, please post your opportunity with CougarJobLink, our internal job search engine.

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