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5 reasons to keep your interns after their internship
Every (half) year you get a new team of interns that are eager to learn. Oftentimes, interns quickly onboard and become a valuable asset for your team. Unfortunately, many interns leave at the end of their internship period, but it would be beneficial to think about the future and ask them to stick around. Want to know why? We give you five reasons.
1. Holiday replacement
The end of an internship period often also marks the start of a holiday. Whether this is the summer- or christmasbreak, many colleagues will take some time off to travel or spend time with friends and family. Interns could help you out during this period to make sure that not all work pauses.
2. Smooth transfer period
When your new intern starts, they have to be onboarded before they can fully operate. This might take a while, especially since they don't have much working experience. A smooth transfer period in which the previous and new intern will together, will help. This way, you make sure that the tasks that need to be performed don't stop during the onboarding.
3. Extra force during busy times
Many interns have to go back to school to follow their curriculum, but they often have time to spare. They often seek a part-time job to fill these hours, and it would be a win-win situation if they can stay with your company after their internship has ended. They already know the way of working which makes it easier to leave certain tasks for them that will save you time.
4. Invest in the future
It won't take long before your interns will enter the labour market. In the current economy the demand for good employees keeps growing while the supply of the available candidates lowers. By offering them a permanent position after their internship, you can engage them and they will then become a valuable addition to your company in the future.
5. They will keep you up to date
It has probably been a while since you and your coworkers last went to school. In the meantime, the knowledge that get teached keeps evolving. Your (former) interns will not only bring added value by the work that they do for you, but also by bringing new insights. They often have a different approach and will have different ideas that probably wouldn't have come up otherwise.