HR · Entrepreneurship

Where can I find an intern for my early stage startup?

Xenofon Kontouris Founder at Aeroship Inc.

November 12th, 2015

Looking for a student that is interested in learning more about the startup ecosystem of New York City. He will receive credit and he will be on track for a full time position. The main skills I need are writing and PR. Feel free to forward this information. the best email is aeroshipinc at gmail.com Thank you!

Barbara Clarke-Ruiz CEO / BCSWIRL, Inc. Expert Athleisure / Activewear Design

November 13th, 2015

I just hired someone from www.fiverr.com based on a few recommendations to write a press release. It is very affordable, efficient and thus far, I'm extremely happy. This option my buy you some time while you search for the right person.  

Paul Murskov

November 13th, 2015

Hi Xenofon,

Using craigslist in the case works very well and in most cases free. Wayup.com has a pricing model that is really not favorable to us since you pay per applciation and per filter. That can really start to add up unless there are SPECIFIC skills you are looking for in an intern. Even at that rate chances are you are going to burn through a few hundred dollars before finding someone. 

Beyond CL - I think you should find the job board / careers page of the local university from which you would like to pull candidates and post on there. Many of those are free and are quite frequented by college students. 

One thing I always do is be completely transparent about the pay, the role and the future opportunity with the company. That usually attracts more people. If it is possible to allow them to work remote after a certain time - include that as that will drive more applications. We have a lot of interns that moved to remote after they have been acclimated to the work environment and the position.

Hope this helps!

Ema Chuku Designer. Product Developer. Founder @ NuPad

November 12th, 2015

Thanks for the putting this topic out. I'm in same situation as well.

Dan Kelley Managing Director

November 14th, 2015

We've made connections to several local colleges who have been kind enough to work with us.  They are actually very eager to work with start-ups, and have even offered us discounted tables at their career fairs to help in the development of their entrepreneurship programs.  I'd say our success rate is 50/50 with interns.  The good ones have been great, but the bad ones require a lot of time & care which is something most start-ups have in short supply.  

Jivko Pentchov

November 12th, 2015

Hello, You can try posting Internships in the career department in local Colleges and then do an interviews.  Is your project live?

Steve Getman Partner/CTO/CIO at Flash Point Communications

November 12th, 2015

We hire our interns through a couple of local colleges. It's worked out well so far and we've turned several into full time hires.

Aswan Morgan Mobile Entrepreneur; eCommerce Personalization, Optimization & Conversion Expert

November 12th, 2015

Use the service WayUp (http://www.wayup.com). Also, make sure you comply with labor laws in your state particularly if this is an unpaid internship. In the state of CA, not doing so can land you in trouble.

Demetri Patitsas MBA, Educator, and Social Entrepreneur

November 12th, 2015

Greetings Xenofon, I am a Greek-America entrepreneur myself based here in NYC. I am based at NYU, and would love to get some further information on your venture. Kindly, Demetri Patitsas ᐧ

Barb Oney Business and Marketing Consultant at NOCHE (Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education)

November 13th, 2015

In Northeast Ohio the Council on Higher Education has a website for Interns and has a program placing students into start-ups funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.  Go to http://www.neotalentexchange.com/

John Spitters Stories from authentic experiences give way to extraordinary dimension & consequence.

November 15th, 2015

We've had some positive outcomes with Upwork (formerly oDesk & Elance) & Looksharp.