Ahh yes, the age old question…
Why hire interns?
Well, quite simply, we call that WII-FM…or:
“What’s In It For Me?”
An absolutely valid question and to be quite frank, not everyone is built to be a mentor. You’ve got to have a passion for education and love watching people you work with grow and morph into a great event planner because of your influence and training.
And sure, I’m sure if you’ve ever hired an intern who turned out to be a bit of a dud or was constantly checking Facebook, or heaven-forbid, was 20 minutes late to work every morning, you might be thinking: NOPE. No thanks.
No, no, I totally get it.
But take a moment and hear us out…this is why we think that interns are WORTH taking the risk…
Put simply, and as MUCH as we all hate to admit it… Millennials (ages 18-24) are two steps ahead in some aspects of our work.
Growing up in the digital age means it’s not just computers and social media that comes naturally to them (although that is great), but they are adaptable to all kinds of change. They’ve had to keep up-to-date with newest technologies and latest operating systems, meaning that they can quickly adapt to new things. A key trait that any GREAT event planner MUST have. TIP: Make the most of this and get them started on understanding the new software in the office or exploring new social media options for your firm.
Millennials often want to know the WHY behind the tasks that are assigned. Why do we do it that way? Why is it important/urgent? Why don’t we do this instead? If you want a robot, who will blindly follow what you tell them… maybe interns aren’t for you. But if you want someone who is genuinely interested in your work and doesn’t mind giving you their two cents on ways things could be more efficiently done using new technologies…hey, interns are perfect for that.
3. The bigger picture
Most Millennials also have an uncanny ability to take a step back and see the bigger picture. Deloitte’s report on Millennial interns found that they believe success should be measured in more than just financial performance. Rather than just looking for an increase in sales, they see the importance in focusing on the firm’s overall growth. They have a strong sense of purpose and with that, they’ll be able to help you achieve the company’s bigger goals, faster.
In short, Millennials are sharp, tech-savvy individuals, keen to help your firm grow!
As long as they have the right training tools to harness their ability, Gen Y interns can be a key asset to your team.