How Interns Add Value to Your Team

By: Ashley Vickney, Intern, Leonard & Finco Public Relations

As a college student and intern, most of my undergraduate career has been focused on gaining experience. While I know the many benefits that come from completing an internship, I thought that professionals might view them differently. Since completing a number of internships, I’ve gained a unique perspective on how interns can add value to a team of professionals.

  1. Fresh Ideas: Interns generally don’t have a lot of industry experience, and that lack of experience can lead to great ideas. Interns have a clean slate when it comes to brainstorming, with that clean slate are able to suggest ideas that may have failed with a different project but would work with another.
  2. New Concepts: As students, interns are learning about the latest industry trends, new techniques and technologies. While many professionals stay up to date with new industry practices, students are being taught them more thoroughly. Their knowledge could give your next project an innovative edge and help simplify some of your daily tasks.
  3. Value at a lower cost: Interns want experience in the basics, so they are willing to sit there and write all of the news releases and event calendars you might need. This not only gives them the ability to develop their skills, but allows more time for your permanent staff members to work on different tasks.
  4. Talent Development: Your new intern may not know everything right away, but developing their talent could lead to a great new hire. It eliminates a lot of training if they become a permanent staff member after graduation. If you aren’t looking for a great new hire, there is something to be said for mentoring the next generation and ensuring the standards of the industry are kept.
While all the benefits may not be financial, training the next generation of professionals is important. There are plenty of us willing to soak up all the knowledge you can give us!
What do you look for in an intern? What value have your interns added to your team?