Need Help? Hire an Unpaid Summer Intern

I recently came across an article in Fox Business’ Small Business Center called “3 Reasons Why an Unpaid Intern Wants to Work for You.”

The gist of it is this: summer is upon us and summer interns are rip for the picking. So if you want to get in on some free help from June through August, Fox suggested three incentives you can offer college kids: a learning experience, the prospect of a job offer and a job to be proud of.

OK, but how do you go about finding an intern? That might be a bigger challenging than actually convincing them to hook up with your small business.

Well, other than calling your local colleges, which I would recommend, you can also put out some feelers on Web sites that specialize in connecting companies with interns.

Springwise scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation. Springwise bills itself as brain food for entrepreneurial minds.

There’s also a site called Enternships. Enternships promises ambitious and dynamic students and graduates with an opportunity to learn about business and enterprise through work placements in entrepreneurial and innovative environments, from start-ups to global venture funds around the world.

You might also want to check out Urban Interns. Urban Interns is an online marketplace that connects high-growth companies with talented candidates looking for internships, part-time jobs, freelance work and contract positions.

And remember, once you find potential candidates be sure to set your small business up as a learning experience, with the prospect of a job offer and a job to be proud of.

Here's another take: Get your small business approved for college internships at a local college. Check out this video:



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