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Tapping young talent offers flexibility, cost savings

January 12, 2009View for printing

Tapping young talent offers flexibility, cost savings Some firms find smooth transition from intern to full-time hire

When Kristen Prinke couldn't find a job in her field, she tried the next best thing: a paid internship at a company that was expanding.

Now, 16 months later, Prinke, 24, has a full-time job in marketing at Leapfrog Online in Evanston. "It's a great way to get your foot in the door and show them what you can do," she said.

Meanwhile, Leapfrog got the advantage of trying out an entry-level worker before extending a job offer, said Amy Weir, the company's director of human resources. By hiring someone young, the company saved money and got to train Prinke its own way.

By Ann Meyer | Special to the Tribune

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