Does Your Company Use Interns? They Should! (says Staffing Robot Intern)

We have a special guest post by our Summer Intern. Griffin has been helping out here at our office… and when he’s not shocked about how WEIRD Portland is keeping itself right outside our office, he’s doing a pretty dang good job doing all the things an intern can do. And I think you’ll see he makes a pretty strong case that you should get an intern, too:


I’m Griffin, the new intern at Staffing Robot. I’m 14 years old, and entering Lincoln High School in September. Similarly to every other teenage guy, I like video games, computers, and electronic music. But not dubstep, it’s pretty nasty to listen to. I wanted to become an intern because of a TV detective series called “The Glades,” where the funniest character was a paid intern named Daniel. He was an integral part of the plot of every episode, by providing critical support to the lead characters. Even though he was comic relief, he always seemed to play an important role in catching the killer. And that’s your 3 seconds of autobiography for the day.

Have you heard of the proverb “For want of a horseshoe nail?”

For want of a nail, the shoe was lost;
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost;
For want of a horse, the rider was lost;
For want of a rider, the message was lost;
For want of the message, the battle was lost;
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

I made my own version:

For want of an intern, the desk didn’t get made;
For want of a desk, the deadline wasn’t met;
For want of the deadline, someone was fired;
All for the want of an intern.

Wow, Dramatic right? Interns can be that horseshoe nail. We do the second priority stuff that still needs to get done. My workload for the past week has been assembling office furniture, fixing issues with the Staffing Robot blog, learning about a network of bots visiting the blog, fixing formatting problems on websites, and writing this blog post.

Staffing Robot is a great company to intern at. I get to work with professional journalists, sysadmins, and graphic designers. Everyone is nice here and has a good sense of humor, and nobody gets frustrated with anyone. I’m also not working in hostile work environment, which is nice. I’m building some good memories and experience for when I get a fair-paying job someday.

Even our interns get window views, where you get to view all the weirdness of Downtown Portland.

Interns are a good investment for your company. By offering internships you not only give back to the younger generation, you provide opportunities for them when they get older. Also, if someone likes their experience at your company, they might want to work there once they’re qualified. It’s a way for companies to give back to the community. So, if don’t have one already — get a horseshoe nail.

Thanks, Griffin! I think we all can say we are thankful for the horseshoe nails you have provided here at Staffing Robot.

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