Derek's question inspired another question... for a small startup (bigger than a one-man shop, but less than a dozen) are interns worthwhile?
In my experience, I've run into a few issues:
- Recruiting - you'd think, with having our office basically on campus and offering flexible work hours and decent pay, we'd get the pick of the litter, right? Not so much - the big companies snap 'em up and sucker 'em in, so we have to work hard to recruit.
- Cost - obviously, you have to pay them; figure $2000-$3000/month after tax, etc.
- Training - this is the big one; there's just so much up-front work that goes into getting them started and watching over them throughout
- Quality - their work isn't always top-notch, which means they can't be client-facing, etc.
What have your experiences been? Have you found them to be a value or hinderance?