Interns are a frequently untapped resource for employers and can offer your business so much. Here are eight reasons why you should take advantage of an internship program as soon as possible:

1. Flexibility

An intern can take over smaller, easy-to-learn tasks that are important to the day-to-day production in your organization but don’t require higher-level oversight. This will allow full-time staff the flexibility to work on higher-level projects without distraction. This flexibility will help increase productivity in your office while decreasing stress from inundation of work.

2. Leadership and Professional Development

When you implement an internship program in your business, you are allowing an existing employee to step out of their comfort zone and into a supervisory role. This employee will grow as a leader and develop real-world skills when managing a program or intern. Through trial and error, they will learn best practices for managing a team member and how to communicate with subordinates. It’s another great form of growing your own talent and investing in your employees.

3. Increase Retention

You will see an increase in retention in two ways:

  • Retaining existing workforce by alleviating the stress of too much work and not enough time.
  • Retaining interns who enjoy their internship experience and transition to full-time employment.

4. New Ideas

When integrating the knowledge that an intern possesses, you’re bound to uncover the latest and greatest in cutting-edge technology, programs and ideas. Take advantage of their experiences and education to improve your business and let them be apart of the implementation. You’ll get to modernize and diversify, and they will have contributed.

5. Education & Community Connection

You can maintain connections with educational institutions by building relationships with the career office through employing interns. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about what programs are offered at your local educational institutions and how they match up with the services or products that your organization provides. With employers and educators coming together to form a collective impact, there is more unity in closing the skills gap. It’s a great way to give back to and get involved with your community.

6. Save Money

It’s best practice to pay your intern, but you’re able to gain great quality work for a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee. This increase in productivity from your full-time employees who are no longer bogged down with lower-level tasks will equal more profit in your pocket!

7. Mentoring

Allow your company to give back to the community by teaching, molding and mentoring the prospective workforce. Mentoring offers a creative outlet for your full-time staff while empowering your intern with generational knowledge as you are replacing retiring staff. Which leads us to…

8. Recruitment Pipeline

In today’s economy, open positions are at an all-time high and job seekers are at an all-time low. In the talent war, job seekers are winning. It’s important for your business to answer the question, “why this company?” When you implement an internship program, you are giving local talent the opportunity to learn and invest in your business sooner. An intern who has ties to your organization is more likely to seek employment full-time, which builds your talent pool. As an added benefit, if your intern enjoys their experience, they will promote your business to their colleagues. Never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth when trying to increase your pipeline prospects.


Interns will be the easiest full-time hires a company ever makes, because once the intern graduates, the company will know everything about the graduate, and vice versa. Get started today! Have questions? Reach out to Taylor Davis, Talent Partnership Director at the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, at Taylor@WichitaFallsChamber.com.

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Why should I hire an intern?

1. Flexibility
2. Leadership and Professional Development
3. Increase Retention
4. New Ideas
5. Education & Community Connection
6. Save Money
7. Mentoring
8. Recruitment Pipeline