Businesses derive a lot of value from our programs. They become a major source of recruiting, a supplement or replacement for certain employee training, and a way to solidify consistent team culture. While we will probably never be wildly profitable, we do feel businesses should pay for this value, which would still be spent otherwise.
So while we believe we are helping young professionals get a better start in their careers, we also believe that doing good and doing good business shouldn’t have to be separate things.
We get interns through a network of partnerships, but also through our personal networks that have grown with us. Our guilds keep us connected to large communities of professionals who help each other out, and become a great source of referrals.
Our focus on professional skills and executive functionality means our programs are largely relevant to any industry. Our process of incremental on-boarding allows us to guide any organization to produce an effective intern program, even if we aren’t experts in their field.
That being said, we currently have experienced professional mentors in software development, online marketing, graphic design, web development, digital advertising, etc. Most growing businesses in today’s world that struggle to find talent will find we bring some experience to the table with us.
Slowly, and that’s fine with us. Apprenace grows through mitosis, as professionals grow through our program and return to help the next wave. Older professionals who don’t want to “check out” in retirement also become cherished mentors to help us guide more young professionals.
We believe that as Apprenace catches on, mentors will come available as needed. There is certainly no shortage of young motivated and talented interns. No matter what, we will put quality over quantity.
Probably not. Unpaid internships are largely unethical, and often illegal. The only appropriate “free” internship is when you are 100% focused on being an educational resource for the intern, and not looking for production value from them. These have a place in the world, but are usually not what people mean when they say they want to offer an “unpaid” internship.