Internships are Worth the Effort

Hiring college students as interns is a smart business decision.
Companies who hire interns have access to a high-quality, cost-effective workforce solution. Whether businesses use internships to manage their future entry-level talent pipeline or simply to get real work accomplished today, interns bring knowledge, creativity and a fresh perspective with them to the workplace.

Other employer benefits of internships:

  • Increase the number of recent college graduates applying for entry-level positions who have relevant work experience
  • Reduce recruiting costs and improve hiring decisions by evaluating current interns as future employees, gauging them for technical competency and cultural fit
  • Strengthen relationship between business community and academic community, allowing companies to communicate directly with educational institutions about changing skill requirements, trends in technology, etc.

Students benefit from internships as much as or more than their employers.
Today's savvy college students understand that internships are critical to their education. Even if not part of their formal academic program, they seek out internship opportunities to experience what it’s like in a “real” corporate environment, they test-drive different occupations and work environments, and they begin to build their future network of business contacts. They understand that an internship—on a résumé and in an interview—sets them apart from other candidates without internship experience. Indeed, former interns often receive higher entry-level salaries and continue to earn more—even after five years of employment.

Want to learn more?
Check out the Columbus Chamber’s events page (search “Interns”) for upcoming informational workshops and webinars to help you get the most from your internship program. One of the most popular workshops, titled, “How to Host an Intern,” features a panel of employers (now internship experts) who answer questions, share best practices and outline the process of achieving outstanding internship experiences that benefit both them (the employer) and the student intern. Workshops and webinars are free for members of the Columbus Chamber and cost $25 for non-members.