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Internships common for graduate opportunities

Published: Thursday, 09 June 2011   Category: Work Experience

More must be done to ensure that interns taking advantage of graduate opportunities feel like a part of the company, according to one expert.

Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation, said that graduates are often made to feel like "faceless minions" when undertaking internships in a bid to get their foot in the door of a company.

Speaking on the Guardian Business Podcast, the author explained that interns are now used in every sector of the white collar workforce.

"You see internships on organic farms, you see them at major huge multinational corporations in finance and in engineering and things like that," he said.

I think the attitude of many of the full-time employees was: 'Well these people are just sort of cycling through, they are faceless minions... we can use them for what work we have here and there but there is no point in getting invested in them or getting to know them much.'"

Such an approach can be dangerous however, as people on internships will be the talent of tomorrow, and making them feel welcome and appreciated during their first forays into the business world could reap dividends for businesses in terms of employee retention down the line.

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