Small and large companies alike may reap the benefits of hiring an intern. Whether your company has a thriving internship program established or if you are interested in developing a program, HPU’s Career Services Center is here to help!
How would an HPU intern benefit your workplace?
Interns provide a new perspective and may challenge “the way we’ve always done it” mentality bringing fresh ideas to the company. When an intern is encouraged to question processes they can often see a better way of doing things that a manager might not. To maximize these potential benefits, make sure to include interns in brainstorming sessions and encourage them to speak up in meetings. Attending brainstorming sessions is often a favorite among interns, so it’s a win-win for both parties.
Enhanced Technology/Social Strategy
It’s no secret that each generation brings with it greater tech savvy than the last and each brings its own unique social approaches. Social media, computer programs, iPads – these are all part of the daily life of a Gen Y tech-savvy professional who will be able to help you enhance your social media presence or assist in the branding of your company.
It Could Lead to Something More
An internship is a great way to see how much potential a student or recent graduate has in the field. You’ll get to see their skills and work ethic as an intern—and might choose to bring them on as a paid employee down the line. Many Fortune-500 companies retain over 80% of their interns as entry-level hires.
Extra Help for You, Experience for Them
An interested candidate takes on an internship in hopes of learning more about their field of study, day-to-day operations of the business, and gaining experience that they will be able to use on their resume. Set goals together and give them real, meaningful work that will help your organization run smoother, accomplish more, or be more successful.
Your company will benefit from an internship program if it’s a priority for your business, structured, and provides students with the supervision they need to be successful. By also providing adequate training before the program begins or hosting an intern orientation, you’ll see even better results. The more resources your company is willing to put toward the internship program, the better it will be. The better the internship program, the more competitive it will be. The more competitive the program, the stronger the applicant pool.
If you have a great program, you’ll attract great students.
HPU interns are highly motivated workers and eager to put what they’ve learned in the classroom into practice. By investing your time and sharing your expertise, you are giving back to your community and making a real difference in the lives of students.
Do I need to pay the intern?
According to the Department of Labor, an unpaid internship must meet all these criteria:
- The internship is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment
- It’s for the benefit of the intern
- The intern doesn’t displace paid employees
- The employer doesn’t benefit from work the intern is doing, “and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.”
- The intern isn’t promised a job at the end (unpaid “tryouts” aren’t allowed)
- Both the intern and their boss understand its an unpaid position
What about internships at nonprofits?
According to the Department of Labor, nonprofits have an additional exception for unpaid interns that “volunteer their time.” The government’s guidelines state that “unpaid internships in the public sector and for non-profit charitable organizations…are generally permissible.”
What about gigs with the government?
For most interns on Capitol Hill, it’s perfectly legal for them to be working for free. Most federal-level internships, including the White House’s program, are also unpaid.
Does getting college credit mean it’s OK to not get paid?
Not really. Receiving academic credit is not legal justification for an unpaid internships.
How many hours a week will the intern work?
The national average is approximately 40 hours per credit (i.e. 3 credits equal about 120 hours). So, for example, if a student is taking a 3 credit hour internship course for 1 semester (typically 15 weeks), they would need to work 8-10 hours per week.
How do I get paired with an intern?
Contact HPU’s Career Services office. We will discuss your workplace needs, and if necessary, work to help you set up an internship program/job description, take resumes/applications, publicize the opening, and set up interviews.
Tammy Arreola, Career Services Coordinator