Even though we experienced massive layoffs in tech in 2023, we should consider the big picture. The tech talent shortage is going nowhere and may reach 4 million unfilled positions in 2030, according to KornFerry (check their Global Talent Crunch report).
It'll be a big challenge for engineering leaders a) to find people for their teams and b) to find the right people.
We must create as many talent-sourcing opportunities as possible, like better employer branding or internships.
An internship isn't only a good sourcing opportunity but also a stretch:
- for the team (they need to be good mentors),
- for tech stack (it needs to be easy to learn and bugs-proof)
- for you as leader of low experienced people
Interns are also THE BEST candidates for Junior Software Engineers. While still relatively low-skilled, they have the will to grow and the domain knowledge they learned during an internship.
How to run your internship program? You can do it with Practical Engineering Management materials.
Just check Engineering internship - checklists, templates.