With solid communication and strategy, an unpaid internship program can go a long with a company.  It is far from a hindrance. Hiring interns for an internship program is far from a detriment. In fact, it will save money in the long run.

While internship payment and non-payment remains a controversial topic these days, I think it is important to recognize the overall value the internship will provide to both the company AND the intern.

As an intern seeks to break into their next career, a step in the right direction is a lot harder to accomplish these days with the higher number of applications per job. Some are taking advantage of this fact and hiring more applicants as interns prior to hiring them as full-time employees. Over the course of time, these companies who are being proactive are sticking ahead of the trend. Their internship program will grow and prosper.

On the flip side, the companies going with the flow of things  will suffer without interns or an internship program. They will become more economically unstable.

Now, that does not always happen but studies have shown that more and more companies are hiring interns and the productivity is through the roof.

If your business currently has an internship program, consider how it affects the company AND the interns over time.  It is true that more often than not, small businesses can increase their profits by hiring interns.

It’s not always a bad thing to go against the current trend. Internship programs that do not pay the interns  are not a bad thing. It is a big risk to take on the part of the company and the intern but it is a risk that will be worthwhile in the end. If we didn’t have those risk takers out there like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Where would we be today?

The debate continues.

The unpaid versus paid internship perspective will continue to become the topic of employment conversation in both the US and in the UK.

Many individuals and Human Resources folk see it through the negative perspective instead of thinking of it from the perspective of the intern and the business itself. As Mike Boyle puts it via blog posting on Reuters.com “I don’t consider the experience risky whatsoever” (http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/06/28/perma-interns-is-working-for-free-a-good-career-bet/). He is absolutely right.

Where is the risk in taking an internship that will not only bolster his skills but give him hands-on experience that one cannot attain through the classroom?

While hiring interns allows companies to save millions of dollars annually, it gives individuals such as myself and Mike Boyle, the ability to propel beyond the typical job seeker and gain valuable real experience. It is a win-win for both sides.

In addition, Mike can gain a resume builder through his internship that will allow him to network with folks out there and utilize that industry specific knowledge he is learning on the job.

As a job seeker and a job recruiter, I can attest to the fact that it is much easier to attend a job fair or a networking event with the industry lingo under your belt. It’s much harder to do as an outsider. With internships (paid or unpaid) an individual can advance their career instead of letting it pass him or her by.

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Receiving pay during Internships is in heated debate these days. There is proof all over the worldwide web but after reviewing a current discussion on Linkedin.com’s ‘Intern and Internships’ group, I will no longer sit idly.

Regardless of the monetary value that internships offer, the experience needs to be the concern. As an intern with InternProfits, I can say that as an unpaid intern, I am treating this as an opportunity to further myself and my career.  Our current economy does not have the breadth of jobs that it used to so how else would one positively augment their current skills? An internship of course!

As an unpaid internship with Internprofits.com, I am very happy with my current situation. I have a collegiate education in teaching and less than 5 years of professional work experience. I knew that if I wanted to transition into a social media and marketing career field, I would have to really strengthen my overall marketing, design and communication skills. This current internship has allowed me to do that and more.

I keep the same amount of commitment that I would provide if it was a paid internship. I am not working a full-time schedule, but I am also doing more than 15 hours of work a week. I think this is situational though because in social media a person needs to stay active in the community more often than someone in a non-marketing field.

I say, if a person cannot find a job they take an internship and if it is an unpaid internship then find a part-time job in the meantime to supplement the income you won’t be making. It’s a win-win situation!

Hiring interns is hotter than ever before. Besides promoting economic development for businesses of all sizes, internship programs provide guidance and support for potential new employees. Finding loyalty is hard to come by these days while unemployment continues to rise. The best way to build loyalty is to set up ways to hire interns and develop a solid internship program!

According to InternNation, besides the United States, both Canada and the UK, have had an increase in the number of available internships and companies looking to hire interns and make them “a part of their business model“.

Interns are able to provide assistance, especially with blogging, Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin updates as well as discussions that will help augment the business environment for your company. As positions in Social Media and Web Management become hotter and more popular, companies can take advantage of this through an internship program dedicated to Social Media.

Great companies have great interns. But there are measures you can take to get to your internship program to that point of hiring excellent interns. Check out some of these steps on how to find and how to hire interns.

Hear more from, Mike O’Donnell at InternProfits, who describes why Interns are so important in the small business realm these days. Mike O\’Donnell, Internprofits

Have you ever considered an internship program for your small business and you are unsure on how to get an intern? Well, it is summer time and it is perfect weather for some interns!

As you know, each day businesses are growing and expanding at exponential rates thanks to the help of their employees and interns. Studies have shown that student and adult internships are on the rise. You can reach these goals as well with a few steps along the way.

Foundation of the Internship Program
As a small business owner, you have found an economic niche and you have defined a company focal point for achieving business goals. This same research goes into the internship process. If you are new to the internship world, then I would suggest reviewing how to get interns and how to hire interns. These articles discuss proven steps on how to develop, structure a legally sound internship program.

Purpose of the Internship Program
After reviewing the articles, ask yourself, why am I looking for interns? What will these interns assist with? What is the long term goal of the internship program?

It is important to think about these questions and to define the purpose of your program. This structure will help maintain consistency and time management for the interns. With a clearly defined plan and starting point, it also makes the process easier each time a new intern is hired.

The purpose will also help whilst you are seeking interns for the program. It makes the program attractive. With social networks and marketing programs such as Facebook fan pages and Linkedin Groups, a company’s attractive page and commentary will go a long way in finding the top talent.

As a small business owner, marketing your business should be second nature and the internship program needs to be treated very similarly.  A sound and strong business plan will give more credibility to the internship program. Without much focus on this business plan or overall idea, it is much harder to pull others on board.

Set a Social Marketing Plan
Before reaching out to develop your virtual internship program, review this internship article.

As you know, we live in the fast lane these days with status updates and e-mail exchanges. It is very fast-paced but it also can be quite detrimental.

With the vast and free social media tools at your fingertips, it is very important to remember that a first impression goes a long way.  Before contacting potential interns, make sure the online brand that you have created is clear, concise and available. If you have a Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter pages, make sure that these accounts are up-to-date, spellchecked, and filled with links and groups.

Remember it is all about credibility and availability.

Define Audiences
Once you have your social media plan in place. Then you would need to define the audiences. Interns have many shapes and sizes. Long gone are the days where interns are collegiate students seeking a summer position. Adult internships are on the rise and have been hotter than ever especially given the recession!

Virtual internships are also on the rise, these are perfect for students who cannot find opportunities in their local area; individuals who are looking to switch careers and more importantly, excellent chances for small-businesses to interact with individuals from all over the world. Now, talk about that for expanding your horizons!

Hiring Structure
With an internship program comes a hiring structure for that program. This should be very simple. Like an e-mail.

As an experienced recruiter, the interview process begins with the initial contact with a potential intern. Keep this in mind as you are finding interns for your opportunity.

Define the personality traits and qualities you want in a fellow employee. Things like attitude, communication, and enthusiasm will go a long way for a small-business.

Reach out
Communicate utilizing current social media tools. Whether it is through Linkedin Discussions, Facebook status updates, or e-mail exchanges, finding your next intern will occur through a social network. The more available you are on these networks, the more likely you will find the top quality talent.

Once you have your viable candidates, reach out to them for a simple phone conversation and get them on-board!

Follow-Through
Even if your new intern is virtual there are effective ways to manage them. We go into depth to discuss some solid online management tips here.

1 Jun, 2011  |  Written by  |  under internship update, Small Business, Tips

Unemployed and Seeking A Way Out? Internships are the new Rage!

Attention recently graduated college students and business owners, for the past 4 years college professors have been telling students the world is their oyster and the jobs are plentiful. Similarly, unemployed folk around the country are fighting tooth and neck for a new job. For every 1 position there are 5-7 applicants in most medium-sized metropolitan markets. And if you are like any business, finding the top talent in addition to an internship program can be quite challenging without proper action.

Internships can get you somewhere.

What Can Be Done?
Businesses and students everywhere are recognizing this opportunity, so we should too. The open job opportunities are slim-pickings even for the most experienced networkers. Instead of waiting for the next opportunity, just get out there and grab out. Internships help accomplish this step. But do not worry; there are TONS of internship opportunities out there. Yes, internships.

Why internships?
As an experienced Job Recruiter and Social Media Marketer, I think that Job experience is more important than no experience at all and will actually be beneficial in leading to a new position. Paid and unpaid internships are the new rage!

Internships open many doors into a new company or a new career. The interns within the internships also come in many different backgrounds. Say so long to the days of reserving internships for college students only. Adult internships have become hot, hot, hot! Especially to those who are seeking to start a new career.

Unpaid, paid, partially paid?
More and more internships are becoming unpaid or partially paid because of financial hardships. But, there is a strong reasoning here. With more modern approaches being applied to internship programs, companies have found a new place to save money and work with the best talent available!

A Virtual Internship, for example, is a very attractive and strategical business plan for both interns and the business itself. Companies will manage interns remotely and assign tasks, PR/Social Media responsibilities to these individuals.

While unpaid internships often receive a hard rap for overworking employees, in actuality, the mere job experience itself trumps the lack of pay. Unpaid internships are just like other internships. Regardless of the situation by staying dedicated and putting forth hard work, interns fulfill their own destiny.

Whether or not an internship program will support you financially should not matter to college students. It is possible to commit at least 20 hours a week to an unpaid, internship program and maintain steady paid, employment on the side. Keep in mind that again, experience is more important than the money.

A lot of companies out there right now hire interns. In fact, more and more are becoming hired each day.

What is There to Lose?
Businesses, there are tons of employees whose responsibilities are often that of three individuals. A great solution would be to create a system to keep a steady influx of interns ready and available to go. And on an even brighter note, these individuals are excellent candidates to become full-time employees.

Graduates, just because you have a Bachelors Degree or a Graduate Degree you still have to work your way up the corporate ladder. Without job experience, the likelihood of landing a position right now especially in a highly competitive business arena is tiny. But it is not impossible.

Speaking from experience, the collegiate degree will provide you academic credibility but it is up to you to create the corporate credibility. Internships help provide the necessary transition from the classroom to the office.