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Internships - A Win Win

Internships �" A Win Win

 

As a growing small business, we struggle with the conundrum of how to manage the increasing work volume at a point where we can’t quite afford to pull the trigger on our next hire. We have done the “all-hands-on-deck” approach to rallying family and friends to lend a hand when we’re in a production crunch. All too often, their own commitments preclude them from helping �" thus leaving us scurrying to meet deadlines and maintain top-notch service levels. While we continue to utilize that model, we needed to explore alternative options for help.

 

About a year ago, our full time graphic designer suggested we explore college internships as a solution. During a chamber function, I was fortunate to meet the person that managed the internship program at the University of Northwestern. After a meeting and tour of the University, I was able to apply to participate in their grant program. The internship positions I was looking for, closely aligned with the degree programs. Our business was a good match.

 

The program is a win-win. We are able to help student apply their learnings to bring real-world business experience. And, as business owners, we can affordably gain added resources to help keep our own business moving forward and growing. It is very gratifying to be able to help prepare our younger generation for the workforce, and hopefully provide them with the experience that might edge out their completion. There are many colleges and universities in our market �" with the likelihood of a variety of internship opportunities that can help fill that staffing gap.

 

Who knows? We may even find our next hire through this process.

 

 

Sue Schabert

2016-2017 chairperson of chamber's board and directors

Owner

Minuteman Press - New Brighton 




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