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7 benefits of hiring a skilled intern

Hatch Team

Nov 30, 2022
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Need fresh ideas or instant help on a budget? Here are 7 reasons to hire an intern in Marketing, Tech, Data, Customer Success, Ops & more.

As a manager, you’re always looking to increase your team’s productivity and get more done. Hiring a skilled intern not only helps with the workload, but also brings new energy and fresh ideas to the team.

Interns have a strong drive to dive into their work, because they’re looking to gain experience and start making an impact in their careers.

7 reasons why hiring a skilled intern is a good idea

1. You need help ASAP but you’re struggling to hire a full-time person

When you need more hands on deck in your Customer Support team during the holidays, an intern can help you with an immediate start.

If you're having trouble finding qualified candidates for a full-time position, hiring an intern may be the way to go. Instead of hiring a full-time employee and then letting them go after a few months, you can hire an intern to help your team for the duration that you need them. This can save your business time and money in the long run. With an intern, you’ll have the help you need, and you might end up finding someone so good that you’ll want to offer them a permanent role after their internship is over.

2. You’re looking for fresh ideas in the team

When you need to update the look and feel of your team’s presentation slides, a Graphic Design intern can do just the job.

It can be easy for businesses to get stuck in their ways and resist change, but an intern can help shake things up with new energy and fresh ideas. Hiring an intern can bring some much-needed fresh perspectives into the company and help challenge the status quo. They can also help with brainstorming and problem-solving because they are not attached to the day-to-day details of the job.

"Alyssa's creative briefs are always well thought out and she is always looking for ways to test and learn to enhance performance."

- Harriet N., Hiring Manager @ Wpay (Woolworths)

Skilled interns can give your team new ideas and fresh perspectives.

3. You need to get a lot of work done before the end of the year

When you need to get reports done before the year is over, an intern can help you export, organise and input data with some quick initial guidance.

We all know what it's like to try and get everything done before taking time off for holidays. Hiring an intern can help take some of the pressure off of your full-time employees during and ensure that work is still completed before holiday time. The end of the year is a great time to find university students who are looking for part-time work during their exams and holidays.

"Otavio is proactive and in a short time has helped to clear a significant backlog of work."

- Daniel T., Hiring Manager @ Westpac

4. You have a lot of tasks that a junior can easily take over for you

When you need help with admin and data entry, interns can quickly pick up tasks so you and your team can focus on the bigger picture.

If you have a long list of tasks that need to be completed but you don't have the bandwidth to do them all yourself, hiring an intern is a great solution. Hiring interns for tasks that don’t require a lot of decision making are low-risk, and in return, you’re helping them kickstart their career. You may think that interns will get bored of mundane tasks, but they’re often more than happy to complete any task that is asked of them. Not only will they get the work done, but they will also gain valuable experience in the process.

5. You want to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tech

When your team wants to try new marketing tactics through emerging social channels and trending content.

Interns are usually students or recent graduates, who are incredibly in tune with pop culture, social affairs, trends and technologies. Ask any intern about TikTok, Blockchain or climate change and they’ll happily give you a breakdown. This can be extremely helpful if you’re looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve in your industry.

6. You need an extra team member but you’re on a budget

When you need someone to help you a few days per week or to support you in a particular project.

Interns are cost-effective, because you only have to pay them for the hours they work and at a really good rate. Interns, including students and recent graduates, are often willing to work for less money than a full-time employee, because they are getting experience in return. This means that you can save money while still getting the help you need.

"Victor adapted quickly to the culture and the environment. Within a couple of weeks started to contribute to the team's output."

- Kevin P., Hiring Manager @ JP Morgan

7. You want to help today’s top talent get great experience

When you believe in helping early career people who share the same mission as you.

One of the best things about hiring an intern is that you are helping someone get started in their career. By providing them with opportunities to learn and grow, you are giving them the chance to build their skillset and expand their horizons. You have the opportunity to help shape someone’s career!

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