Super Startup Intern WantedI posted a list of internship resources startups can use when recruiting interns a few weeks ago. A commenter asked if I could write a follow-up entry on what I actually submit when I distribute my listings. In this post, I’ll do just that as well as provide recruiting advice to increase the probability of attracting the best interns for your Company.

Backstory:

I’ve have tremendous success with interns at my startup. I started as a marketing intern myself at Team and a Dream (now Philly Marketing Labs) and it is how I got my start in this industry. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had professionally and I attribute it to the Founder, Skip Shuda, and his philosophy of providing interns with “big shoes to fill” as he liked to say. His thought on the best way to learn is to provide someone with a big project or task to see how he/she ends up “fitting” into the shoe. At the same time, this method gives the employer a sense of what that person’s strengths and weaknesses are early on. From there, the employer can incorporate him/her into projects where their strengths can shine and help them work on the areas they need to improve on.

Intern Description Techniques:

I like having diverse groups of students apply for the opportunities we post at 123LinkIt so I don’t include specific details in the requirements sections or add limitations such as GPA. This is because I want a wide range of applicants. I’ve found that students with higher GPAs and double majors (excluding graduate students) have limited work backgrounds while those with average GPAs possess real life experience. While it’s rare to find students who fit into both, they do exist and I try to grab them quickly.

Startups have an advantage over established corporations because they can provide interns with more responsibilities and a better experience in a shorter time-frame. If you showcase that in the right way, you’ll have numerous applicants…even if the position is for experience only. Most of the job descriptions you read are boring and they eventually start to sound alike. Knowing this, the best advice I can provide is to make yours stand out. Here are some other Do’s and Don’ts:

Do’s:

  • Sound human vs. corporate-like.
  • Start by explaining why your opportunity is great in one or two sentences (an eye-opener of sorts).
  • Describe in detail what they’re going to get out of it.
  • Provide credibility factors (if any – such as awards or press received).

Don’ts:

  • Don’t try to sound bigger than you are.
  • Don’t use ninja, rock star, superstar, etc. Yes, it’s been overdone.
  • Don’t copy your Company description directly from the site (customize everything).
  • Don’t set an education or GPA requirement.
  • Don’t be vague about the compensation details or not list them at all.

Intern Description Example:

I dug this out at my archives and I remember being inspired by another Company listing I read. I wish I could remember the name so I can give them credit. You’ll notice it fits the criteria listed above.

Prepare for the experience of a lifetime! Work with great people, learn how to market online, and help a startup expand from the ground up.

You will join a local startup with an impressive Board of Advisors and an experienced entrepreneur. Get ready for more responsibility than anyone else would dare give you.

About the company: 123LinkIt.com is a local startup that specializes in creating online tools to help bloggers make money from their sites. Our first tool, a WordPress affiliate plugin, automatically transforms product keywords into revenue generating links.

We’re looking for two student interns who are passionate about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to assist an emerging local startup that has received First Place in Temple University’s Business Plan Competition. In return, we will offer you mentoring, experience, referrals and visibility into the inner circles of the technology industry.

Internship details:

- One role requires great writing skills and out-of-the-box thinking. Interns will be supplied with a list of advertisers and blog categories. They will be asked to devise blog topic ideas for users that promote products/services in a unique and creative way.

- Another role requires leveraging the company’s communities on Twitter and Facebook to continue building their online community. Social media training will be provided.

Prerequisites: Openness to learn, willingness to try anything, good communication & writing skills, web-savvy. Bloggers preferred but not required.

Location: Temple University’s Main Campus IEI office

Hours, compensation: Hours are as flexible as you can handle. Compensation includes meals/transportation.

Send resume to: Yasmine Mustafa, Founder of 123LinkIt.com, yasmine@123LinkIt.com

Finding great interns takes time and it’s well worth the effort. On a future post, I’ll be following up with how to wade through resumes, conduct interviews to find the right candidate and I’ll also provide tips on how to work most effectively with interns.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my trip to Startup Weekend Baltimore, building AdsGrader and provided takeaways for those interested in going to an upcoming event. I didn’t mention that we were one of the four teams followed by Justin Gutwein, the founder of ShineOn Storytelling to create a documentary about the event.

I was blown away when I first watched it this morning. Check it out for an in-depth look at the event and the entrepreneurs who made it happen (myself included!).

 

The Entrepreneurial Spirit from ShineOn Storytelling on Vimeo.

 

 

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I’ve had great luck with interns and I’m always amazed at how under-utilized they are at other startups. The most common complaint I hear is where to find them besides posting a description on Craiglist. That inspired me to put this list of ten fifteen resources together. I’ve broken them down by unpaid, for credit and paid internships. You will notice there are duplicates that fit into both unpaid and paid categories.

I’ve also made the information available in this Philadelphia Internship Opportunities Google Doc.

Tips for getting started: Filter the resources you’re most interested in and start by looking at the link(s) provided. Your best bet is to post a description of what you’re looking for. Most of these will require you create a profile and some have an approval process. If you have any questions, contact the party specified below.

Unpaid Internships:

1. Drexel University – Steinbright Career Development Center
Student Type: Undergraduate
Concentration: Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing & Health Professions, Biomedical Engineering, Media Arts & Design
Contact Information: Mark Gress Jr, 215.895.6467, gress@drexel.edu
Availability: Fall/Winter, Spring/Summer or Summer only
Website: http://www.drexel.edu/scdc/employers/coop-recruiting/index.html
Guidelines: http://www.drexel.edu/catalog/GENERAL/coop-index.htm

2. Drexel University – Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Type: Graduate
Concentration: MBA
Contact Information: Rebekka Shepherd, 215.895.2143, rsw36@drexel.edu
Availability: Anytime online
Website: https://www.lebow.drexel.edu/Centers/Baiada/Entrepreneur/NewVentures/index.php

3. Temple University – Center for Student Professional Development
Student Type: Undergraduate
Concentration: Accounting, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, HR, Legal, Int’l Business, MIS, Marketing, Real Estate
Contact Information: Jean Bandini, 215.204.1158, jbandini@temple.edu
Availability: Anytime
Website: http://sbm.temple.edu/cspd/employer.html

4. UPenn – Career Services
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate
Concentration: Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nursing, Business, Biomedical Graduate Studies, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Fine Arts/School of Design, Nursing, Social Policy & Practice
Contact Information: Shannon Kell, 215.898.4827, shakelly@upenn.edu
Availability: Anytime
Website: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/pennlink_employers.html

5. UPenn – Wharton CareerPath
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate
Concentration: MBA
Contact Information: 215.898.4383, mbarecruiting@wharton.upenn.edu
Availability: Anytime online
Website: https://wharton-csm.symplicity.com/employers

6. UPenn – Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs – Resume Book
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate
Concentration: Entrepreneurship
Contact Information: Megan Mitchell, mmitch2@wharton.upenn.edu
Availability: Anytime
Website: http://wep.wharton.upenn.edu/WEPResumeBook.aspx

For Credit Internships:

1. Temple University’s GSM Internship Program
Concentration: Entrepreneurship
Contact Information: Coming soon
Availability: Fall/Winter, Spring or Summer

2. The Philadelphia Center
Student Type: Undergrad (full-time for 8 or 16 weeks)
Concentration: Accounting to Zoology. A full list of majors can be found here.
Contact Information: Char Vandermeer, 215.735.7300 ext. 14, vandermeer@tpc.edu
Availability: Fall/Winter, Spring
Website: http://www.tpc.edu/internships

Paid Internships:

1. Drexel University – College of Information Science & Technology
Student Type: Undergraduate & Graduate
Concentration: Information Technology
Contact Information: Jennifer Lally, 215.895.1077, JL352@drexel.edu or forward your description to placement@ischool.drexel.edu
Availability: Anytime
Website: http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/APF/JobPlacement/Search/JobPostings
Guidelines: http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/APF/JobPlacement/Search/JobPostings/Guidelines

2. Drexel University – Department of Computer Science
Student Type: Undergraduate
Concentration: Computer Science – for a full list of job types, click here.
Contact Information: webmaster@cs.drexel.edu and on Twitter @drexelcs
Availability: Anytime
Website: https://www.cs.drexel.edu/jobs

3. Drexel University – LeBow College of Business (MBA Career Services)
Student Type: Graduate
Concentration: Business/MBA
Contact Information: Stephanie Johnson, 215.571.3593, stjohnson@drexel.edu
Availability: Anytime
Website: http://www.lebow.drexel.edu/CareerServices/index.php

4. Drexel University – Steinbright Career Development Center
Student Type: Undergraduate
Concentration: Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing & Health Professions, Biomedical Engineering, Media Arts & Design
Contact Information: Mark Gress Jr, 215.895.6467, gress@drexel.edu
Availability: Fall/Winter, Spring/Summer or Summer only
Website: http://www.drexel.edu/scdc/employers/coop-recruiting/index.html
More information: http://www.drexel.edu/catalog/GENERAL/coop-index.htm

5. Drexel University – Steinbright Career Development
Student Type: Graduate
Concentration: MBA, Information Systems, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Contact Information: Ken Bohrer, 215.895.1642, kbohrer@drexel.edu
Availability: Every June and September
Website: http://www.drexel.edu/scdc/coop/graduate

6. National University of Singapore – Overseas Colleges Program
Student Type: Undergraduate (35 hrs/week for one year at $1650/month)
Concentration: Entrepreneurship
Contact Information: Yu Ling, 215.966.6083, yuling@nus.edu.sg
Process: Resumes are sent to interested parties every April and October
Website: http://www.overseas.nus.edu.sg/forCompanies_partnershipOpportunities.htm

7. UPenn – Career Services
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate
Concentration: Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nursing, Business, Biomedical Graduate Studies, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Fine Arts/School of Design, Nursing, Social Policy & Practice
Contact Information: Shannon Kell, 215.898.4827, shakelly@upenn.edu
Availability: Anytime
Website: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/pennlink_employers.html

8. UPenn – Wharton CareerPath
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate
Concentration: MBA
Contact Information: 215.898.4383, mbarecruiting@wharton.upenn.edu
Availability: Anytime online
Website: https://wharton-csm.symplicity.com/employers

9. UPenn – Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs – Resume Book
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate
Concentration: Entrepreneurship
Contact Information: Megan Mitchell, mmitch2@wharton.upenn.edu
Availability: Anytime
Website: http://wep.wharton.upenn.edu/WEPResumeBook.aspx

You can also try CareerPhilly, another resource that I’ve had success with previously. If you have an additional resource or an update to the list, please let me know in the comments and I’ll make the change. I hope you find this helpful!