BLUF: My boss doesn't see the benefit of having summer interns. What's the best way to convince him of the benefit?
Basically, our company (large-cap) has a fairly generous internship policy for students, but my boss doesn't really see the benefit of them. While most departments get 3-4+, this summer, we will only have 1, and it doesn't seem like it was a priority for him this year( with regards to organizing and the like). I feel this is an unfortunate development, both because I am in charge of supervising the interns (which hopefully will be a stepping stone towards becoming an actual manager), and because, as someone who has benefited from an internship a few years ago, I feel like I owe it to others who are starting out to give them the means to give them their first step in our field.
Talking to my boss about it, he explains, from his past experiences, that he thinks internships benefit the intern much more than the company, and that by the end of the 10-weeks or so, they are just getting up to speed, especially because we are a technically oriented department and do fairly high-level work. He would rather take the energy towards training/developing/supervising the interns towards our actual work. He made it clear that he could have had more had he requested them, but chose not to for that reason.
It is probably too late to affect this year, but I think that next year will probably have 0, and that would be unfortunate, so I'd like to ask people for some ideas on how to best show the benefits of our department having a summer internship program.