It seems like every prospective employee these days is required to have some kind of job experience—so much so that it’s become something of a joke between fellow job seekers. Unquestionably, internships are valuable from an individual perspective, but what about from a company perspective? Take a look at a few of the ways in which interns can help boost your business (and how Prudential Overall Supply can help you make them feel at home).
New Perspectives and Ideas
An intern program is a good way to see if certain individuals might make valuable full-time employees later on. Because of this, you can opt for candidates whose education, interests and work style differ from those of existing employees.
Interns also tend to be young, often fresh out of school. This can be a huge asset in the sense that each generation of workers brings a different worldview and skill set to the table. By including these younger individuals in your business, you not only prepare them for their career but learn new ideas and skills that you can leverage in the future.
Developing Employees’ Management Skills
As interns require training, mentorship and oversight, an intern program provides a natural opportunity to place existing full-time employees over them as supervisors. In this way, the interns learn the duties of the job and the basics of professional interaction while the full-time supervisors are able to hone their management skills.
Diversity and International Relationships
Another benefit of bringing in interns is the opportunity to improve your company’s diversity and open up internships specifically to international or minority candidates. By adding to the variety of cultures and worldviews in your company, you not only gain different perspectives, but also illustrate to the global community that your business has a commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace.
From an economic and industrial standpoint, opening internships to international candidates can also help to draw the best and brightest from other countries into your area’s (and the nation’s) workforce.
A Good Internship Experience = Great Word of Mouth
Providing a decent opportunity that treats your interns with respect and helps them gain real work experience is one of the most organic ways to create a good image. If your company is located near a university or technical college that has a program relevant to your business, it can be valuable to get in contact with the program’s administration and faculty to discuss a relationship with your intern program.
As more and more students and alumni report back with positive opinions about your program and company, you’ll continue to receive high-quality candidates and grow your public profile and image.
Helping Your Interns Dress the Part
Sometimes, all it takes to help make interns feel at home in a large company is something small to provide a sense of inclusion. For example: providing a simple, company-branded shirt to each of your interns can be a physical token of their place in the business. Prudentialuniforms.com offers a wide variety of custom uniforms, apparel, facilities supplies and other products across a number of industries.
To learn more about Prudential Overall Supply’s selection of customizable career apparel and other products and services, contact us today at (800) 767-5536 or visit us at www.prudentialuniforms.com.