I often tell the story of sitting in a FIERF board meeting and hearing presidents and CEOs of influential forging companies say that the reason they chose a career in the forging industry was because of an internship. Thank goodness for those internships! If not for the opportunity to work inside a forge or steel plant during college, those leaders would likely be using their talents elsewhere instead of in the forging industry.
So, as Kyle Rackers puts it in the sidebar, “Help a student, yourself and the industry … hire an intern!” A thoughtfully designed program can bring value to your organization by providing ROI (Return on Intern). Interns offer the assistance necessary to complete projects that full-time staff is not able to fit into their already busy schedules; they help identify high-caliber candidates for future openings; and they bring new and fresh perspectives into your organization.