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Who Would Hire An Intern After COVID?

Who Would Hire An Intern After COVID?

Six weeks ago we thought we’d hunker down for a couple weeks, confident we could suffer a few lost days and dollars for the good of the cause. We vowed to flatten the curve, and stay home for our grandparents sake. 

Two weeks turned into three, into four. As the winds have changed and the earth comes into bloom, the impact of this pandemic has us scrambling for a new game plan. Step one: survive today. Step two: reformulate everything. 

We’re all in this together, we say, but it looks a little different for everybody. Some of us are desperate to keep our employees, or even our businesses from going under. Some of us are navigating the shift from conference rooms to home offices, grateful for the technologies that allow us to keep working, and keep our employees. Others of us are scrambling to hire and train new staff in this season of “essential workers” and online shopping.

As you evaluate your business needs in the coming months, or even the next year, you might be asking what needs to be changed, abandoned or moved around. If you do need to hire staff, what adjustments need to be made in order to make that happen? However it pans out, we know our “new normal” is going to look different. 

In the midst of all you’re juggling, we want to encourage you with two things: seek the Lord, and think about getting an intern. 

Let’s talk about why you need an intern first. 

Adding an intern to your staff might seem like a no-brainer… as in, there’s NO WAY you have time for that right now! Before you close your mind to the idea completely, consider these three things:

  1. The “intern” has evolved, replacing the “entry level” job. Interns today are high-level candidates eager to jump in and garner some much needed experience. An internship can be a great way to test drive an employee before hiring them on as a long-term staff member. 
  2. Mentoring an intern is a practical and effective way to honor the Great Commission to go and make disciples. This can be done within the confines of your work schedule, giving a young Christian valuable insight into what it looks like to live out a life of faith. 
  3. A host of college students are ready to enter the workforce. After spending their college career preparing for their breakthrough into the workforce, the last thing they want is to pack up and move back home. They are motivated to succeed, and their success will mean your success. 

We know life is crazy right now, and the thought of adding on one more thing might feel daunting. Impossible. Once you have your feet on the ground, your plans in place and you know how you’re going to move forward, ask yourself how the choice to hire an intern might benefit you. 

In the meantime, while we walk through this unprecedented season, let’s remember to keep our eyes on Jesus. 

Resist the temptation to separate your work and your spiritual life. The Lord cares about your soul, but He also cares about your work. Let him live in both arenas. 

Better yet, view them as one entity; your spiritual perspective coloring every facet of your life. The umbrella under which everything else exists. 

The Psalmist was on to something when he said in chapter 119 v. 105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path,” (NIV). He knew his own limitations; his need for a guide. 

He also knew to sit and wait for those instructions. 

Too often we ask for God’s help, or His blessing, and then we run ahead with fingers-crossed, hoping He’ll answer. 

We could learn a thing or two from the Psalmist. He was well-acquainted with quieting his heart to sit with God. In chapter 25 v. 4-5 he says, "Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long,” (NIV). Verses like this one are peppered through the Psalms. 

Something happens when we sit with the Lord. His presence changes us. He renews us by His Spirit, and He gives wisdom, perspective, peace. 

The problem is, it’s 2020 and this is America. We don’t sit, we run. 

We blow full steam ahead. Time is money, we tell ourselves. We can sleep when we’re dead, we tell ourselves. 

We dream big, we work hard, and we pull ourselves up by the boot-straps to get the job done. 

In the midst of a pandemic, the temptation to operate this way is strong. Yet, Jesus doesn’t ever say “work harder.” He says “Rest.” 

He doesn’t call us to succeed as much as he calls us to abide. 

John 15:5 says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing,” (NIV). 

Maybe this season has found you riddled with anxiety. Maybe you’ve geared up into hyper-drive, analyzing and adjusting - anything to remain in control. Failure is not an option, you tell yourself. Maybe you’re somewhere in the middle, just trying to get through the best you can. 

Let’s not just survive this season. Let’s do it right. Let’s do it well.

Let’s abide in the One who creates and sustains all things, and let Him be our guide. 

For more tips hiring an intern, check out CoPassion e-course Hire Your 1st Intern with Ease! 

About the Author

Becky Nance is a mom of three girls, and wife to a worship pastor in central Iowa. She holds a M.A. in Ministry from Wesley Seminary with a concentration in Spiritual Formation. Becky spends much of her time mentoring young women, nurturing her babies, and crafting words to help shape the way we think about God.