Interns Can Create a Difference
An American multinational automotive manufacturing company, the world’s largest global aerospace manufacturer and a defense contractor, a major corporation that was a pioneer in office technologies in late 80’s and 90’s. The companies mentioned above are obviously all separate industries and have become enormously successful in their very own diverse ways. But they have something in common. Dennis A. Muilenberg, former President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Boeing Company, Mary Barra, Chair and CEO of General Motors and Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox. These distinct names are what connects the businesses together. How?
- Muilenberg who was an American engineer began his journey at Boeing as an intern in 1985.
- Mary joined General Motors as a co-op student in 1980 when she was just 18 years old and worked as a factory floor intern.
- Ursula Burns who were the first among black women to be a CEO of Fortune 500 company, climbed up through the corporate ladder by starting out as a summer intern in 1980, and got a permanent job a year later.
When a business is looking for hiring, they always outline certain requirements that must be met by the applicant to obtain the job. These requirements usually include certain qualifications that need to be met, years of experience and other varying requirements. Suppose an applicant meets all the specifics mentioned for the job, this certain employee does not know how the company runs, how the hierarchy works or knows the company inside out. This is where interns come in. Internships can provide valuable experience and help individuals understand how a company operates and what it’s like to work in their field of interest. By participating in an internship, individuals can gain practical skills and knowledge, build connections and relationships within the company, and potentially improve their chances of securing full-time employment with the company. It can also be a good way for businesses to identify and recruit talented individuals who may have the potential to become long-term employees. By offering internships and providing a sense of belonging, companies may be able to reduce job hopping and retain employees for longer periods of time. However, it’s important to note that internships are not a guarantee of future employment and that each individual’s career path will depend on their own abilities and efforts, as well as the opportunities that are available to them.
At Lim and Partner, we believe in collaborating with and supporting the development of young talent. That’s why we offer internships to provide hands-on learning experiences and give students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge. Our commitment to supporting internships aligns with our values of fostering growth and helping our team members reach their full potential.