When you're looking to add a fresh perspective to your team, the task of hiring someone can seem daunting. If you're looking to add a competitive edge, at little cost to you, you may want to think about hiring an intern.

Based on your business' needs, an intern can be a valuable asset to your team and to the workplace. By hiring a well-selected intern, you can:

  • Add an eager and motivated worker who is focused on achieving goals to the mix.
  • Equip a potential permanent employee with the right skills
  • Benefit from new ideas and a fresh perspective —this can re-energize your current team
  • Increase productivity and efficiency by distributing the workload

There are programs and incentives that may be available to you for hiring an intern. Explore your options for a good fit.

Service Canada has a wide range of programs and resources based on your business needs and the type of intern you're hiring. And, depending on your region, there may be provincial or territorial wage subsidies and tax credits.

When hiring an intern, you also have some responsibilities. By being aware of your obligations as an employer, you can make the internship mutually beneficial:

  • Discuss how the internship will work. Make sure both sides understand what can come out of it.
  • To establish expectations, define the role you want to fill. This allows interns to have a set of guidelines to follow and will give them more confidence.
  • Train interns so that they can acquire transferable skills that can be of benefit to them. The main purpose of the internship is to teach the interns and provide experience relevant to their career goals.
  • Ensure that you're not displacing employees with this internship. Maintaining everyone's roles allows for a healthy and rewarding workplace.

Hiring an intern can be a proactive approach to creating new opportunities for your business. To achieve positive results, aim for a concrete plan of action that communicates both your expectations and responsibilities. For more help, check out our section on hiring employees, or contact us to find out about internship programs in your region.