- Quality internships require real work - companies don't want to take the risk of an intern doing anything that can have a negative impact, especially if clients are involved.
- Quality internships require a development plan and mentorship - this requires companies to dedicate time and resources to a temporary intern, which obviously is a low priority in busy competitive industries.
- The successful completion of an intern's program will not ultimately impact/improve a full-time employee's position or salary in the company - therefore there's no systems in place to motivate employees to assist interns.
- Short-term interns are seen to very rarely produce work that adds value to the company - therefore they're used to help full-time employees produce value-adding work.
- The quality of interns themselves is inconsistent, therefore it's seen as more trouble than it's worth by companies.
All of the above points are all true if we have the perspective that internships are about the company gaining something. But what if we shift our perspective on internships as something that's an expectation for companies to have in order to give back to society?
Very similar to the way CSR works, the larger a company becomes the more society expects them to do good for the community and give back to society. Internships should be a part of this expectation rather than as another tool for companies to use to lower-costs.
"our children are the world's future" can be appropriated as:
"our interns are the professional world's future"