Should you hire an intern next summer? Yes, say planners who have done it, saying that it’s best if you have substantial work that an intern can do. But how do you know if your needs match what an intern has to offer?

Satoru Asato, a principal at McNellis & Asato in Bloomington, Minn., hired his first intern this summer. “I always resisted having interns. We weren’t quite sure what they could actually do. We didn’t want go-fers and we didn’t want to take the time away from our staff to train summer interns. It only made sense if the business got something out of it.”

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