Business Review - “Interns: Worth the Investment”

Apr 8, 2021

Interns are not just a means to getting work accomplished.  Tom Walker tells us how important they can be to the future of the company.

PROVIDING INTERNS WITH MORE THAN JUST OPERATIONAL TASKS COULD PROVE A WISE INVESTMENT FOR YOUR COMPANY. ACCORDING TO REV 1 VENTURES CEO TOM WALKER, BEING STRATEGIC IN THE INTERVIEW AND ON BOARDING PROCESS MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF THE EXPERIENCE FOR THE COMPANY AND INTERN.

“Today's interns…they’re Gen Zers. They’re projected to be 40% of the workforce in the near future, so now is the right time to be tapping into the future of your company.  You have to be very thoughtful around how you connect with them in everything from your interviewing strategies to what you offer them to work on.  We encourage you to think about the job for them in both the strategic and the operational sense. Think of strategic items within your business that they can work on as well as the operational. That way

you're really providing a rewarding experience and you'd be surprised that you may actually during that time frame be interviewing a future employee that wants to work for you when they graduate.

THOSE IN GENERATION Z ARE HARD WORKING AND HAVE PROBABLY ALREADY HAD SEVERAL SIDE GIGS, WALKER SAYS. THEIR EXPERIENCE IS LIKELY MORE THAN THE YEARS ON THEIR RESUME AND THEIR BIRTHDAY.

“They show up ready, able to contribute to leading-edge strategies in a very meaningful way.”

WALKER’S ADVICE FOR INTERNS LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES: DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHARE YOUR DREAMS AND WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN.

“Most employers we all have a gap to fill we want it to be meaningful to both parties at the same time.”

THE BUSINESS REVIEW IS A PRODUCTION OF LIVINGSTON & MCKAY AND THE HANKAMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY.