Social Media Marketing · Hiring

What's the most effective way of or source for finding interns?

Nathan Therrien Founder of Business Insurance & Benefits Services of MA

February 16th, 2015

I'm looking to bring on a social media intern but don't really know where to search effectively. What are the best sources for this type of internship?
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Jasmine Alexander

February 16th, 2015

In NY, I posted at NYU, Columbia and other universities.  I got a lot of responses.  The one thing to consider is that interns don't have a lot of experience, so, you will need to know enough to guide them. Or, give them specific deliverables so they can be successful.  Craigslist is also good if you can pay something.  

Urbaninterns https://twitter.com/urbaninterns 

elance, odesk etc. are other options...

Benjamin Olding Co-founder, Board Member at Jana

February 17th, 2015

You're in MA?  Search for Northeastern University Co-op program.

2nd choice would be BU career services & look for next job fair.

Both should be paid internships.  Budget $15/hr but I'd pay per month and set clear goals.

Interns shouldn't be cheap labor: they should be extended job interviews for high-performing entry level positions.  If your goal is anything else, this is more trouble than it's worth: find someone online who has extensive experience to help part-time.  You can get rid of them and try the next one rapidly if it's not working...  Not the case with an intern.

Anonymous

February 16th, 2015

I always go for interns that can get college credit. They're unpaid and they'll work for the compensation of earning the needed college credits for graduation.

Try contacting the career offices at nearby colleges and universities to inquire. It's a great way to get interns that will do a good job.

Brian Altounian President & CEO, WOWIO, Inc.

February 16th, 2015

Internships.com provides you with an outlet to post internships, job mentorships, part-time jobs and even job shadowing opportunities.  I would start there.

Kyle Fowers Founder at Gear Backer

February 16th, 2015

Each university should have an intern office. I have been contacted by a local university before and even though I didn't use any at the time I kept the contact.

Varun Bhartia Product Manager at FB

February 16th, 2015

Hey Nathan,

I am working on www.startupfinder.io, a simple service to help students at schools that don't have a startup/tech scene find Internships at startups! 

We are launching a beta in the next week. I would love to feature your startup!

Would also love everyone's feedback!

Eva May Purposeful Program Developer and Marketing Professional

February 16th, 2015

I suggest that you contact nearby universities with social media or marketing programs and provide them with a job description. There are frequently open houses for companies looking for interns and entry-level hires, as well as entrepreneurship clubs or classes eager to provide worthwhile internships to their members. You can even post on craigslist - many students are looking there for opportunities. Note of caution: make sure that your internship is structured properly if it is an unpaid internship - there are many companies violating employment laws, knowingly or not. Here's a good overview of potential issues: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2013/04/19/6-legal-requirements-for-unpaid-internship-programs/  Good luck!

Demetri Patitsas MBA, Educator, and Social Entrepreneur

February 17th, 2015

Greetings Nathan,

I have found, based on your location, that identifying the university and college programs in your area is an effective strategy as each of them have their own internship programs available to submit a listing on.

Kindly,

Demetri Patitsas

Karl Schulmeisters CTO ClearRoadmap

February 17th, 2015

What Kyle, Jasmine, Demetri, Eva and Benjamin said.

contact your nearest Community College and University programs.  They ALL have Internship coordinators.   You will usually need to dedicate half a day to showing up to do interviews   but you will have more than you can handle. 

Taylor Dondich Vice President of Engineering at MaxCDN

February 16th, 2015

Are you looking for an unpaid intern?  Because you will get what you paid for.  If you are just starting out, determine how important your social media strategy is.  If you can afford to do so, you should allocate some funds to it.

Post some initial social media job openings on sites such as peopleperhour.com and elance.com.  This way you can review people's portfolio and get an idea of their skillset.  People experienced with social marketing are very prominent on these sites.

But here's the secret:

Say your long term budget is $100/mo a week for social media marketing.  Expect to spend $300 your first week.  Why?  Hire three people on these sites to do the same job.  Then have them execute.  Choose the person who had the best deliverables and keep them long term.  Obviously tweak your spend based on your available budget.

Don't be afraid to take on someone that is not local.  Some of the best people are on the other side of the world.  Just be sure you have the ability to manage them appropriately.