There are two streams of thought when it comes to hiring interns in startups. Some say that the investment is not worth it. One invests time and energy into a person that leaves few weeks or months later. On the other hand, some say interns are a great way of getting things done that one else has time to do.
In AIESEC UK, we believe neither argument.
Interns are a great way to propel your startup forward, and not just because they can do things no one else finds interesting. Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t dwell on getting an intern for your startup:
1. Passion and Drive
Young people who choose internships in startups versus corporate placements are often driven by their passion for the startup’s cause.
Startups often offer less to students in terms of financial compensation and other similar benefits. Passion for the cause is immensely important in startups. Furthermore, interns are quick to learn the ins and outs of the industry. As education systems all over the world are failing, students place more value in practical experiences outside of their universities, both for learning and building their CVs and portfolios. You might think millennials are lazy and demanding, but you would be surprised at our zest and commitment once we know our contribution matters.
2. Fresh Perspective
Interns, especially international interns, can bring a fresh perspective to your startup. Some of the best talent is abroad. Tapping into international networks of students helps your startup create ties abroad and brings fresh perspectives from other countries. Additionally, your interns will have a fresh mind that hasn’t yet been moulded by years of experience in the corporate world. Hiring international interns has often been seen as a complicated process and somewhat of a luxury that only bigger organisations can afford. However, there are ways to hire international interns in a hassle-free and affordable ways. AIESEC UK is just one of those ways.
3. Build Great Teams
Hiring interns is a great way to access great talent at a fraction of a cost of what those minds will cost after their graduation. Interns can also be a great way to work on any long-term projects in your startups. They can bring energy and contribution to your startup’s organisational culture. You can build talent pipeline for the future. Millennials are the world’s most interconnected generation. One intern can give you access to thousands of new customers and supporters just through their personal social media channels. By this, you are also gaining new brand ambassadors, which can be crucial for startups.
At AIESEC UK, we believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurialism and cultural exchange to bring about a better world. With our new project, we want to help UK startups hire international interns, not only as an affordable and hassle-free HR solution, but as a way to change the way your startup works in 8 weeks.
If you are considering hiring an international intern, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more details.
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