Internships work for businesses of all sizes

Large organizations aren't the only ones that can benefit from interns
By Mark Laurie and Nathan Laurie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/10/2003

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here is a perception in the business community that only large companies have the resources to build an internship program. Experience shows this is not the case.

Putting together an internship program is as easy as identifying an opportunity. When we hire interns, it is often to deal with a new business idea that we do not want to assign to a full-time employee because we are not sure how far the idea will go. Hiring an intern to research or execute the early stages of an idea allows an enterprise to still focus on its current business, but create an opportunity for growth in the future.