Connecting Internships to Jobs

January 3, 2012 at 10:23 am | Posted in Views on the News | 1 Comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

Internships.com CEO, Robin D. Richards, says “Internships are the new job interview. With seven out of every ten internships turning into full time jobs, choosing the right opportunity to pursue is critical.”  The Web site offers search options, including All Opportunities, Internships, and Jobs to help your students find the best fit. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, technology giants have been expanding their summer-intern programs, while smaller tech companies are ramping up theirs in response to “woo summer interns.” The article identifies several companies that might be excellent internship / job resources for your students:

  • Facebook / Google:  Facebook Inc. plans to hire 625 interns for next summer, up from 550 this year. Google hired 1,000 engineering interns this past summer, up 20% from the previous year. Yolanda Mangolini, Google’s director of talent and outreach programs, says the company is still figuring out its target for 2012, based on its overall staffing plan. Google generally extends offers to the majority of its intern class. “It is one of the primary ways we find full-time hires,” Ms. Mangolini says.
  • Dropbox Inc.:  The company plans to hire 30 engineering interns for next summer, up from nine this year, says engineering manager Rian Hunter, who adds the company wants interns to comprise one-third of its engineering team. The San Francisco-based file-sharing company this year dispatched its entire engineering team to recruit at more than a dozen colleges, up from just five schools last year. “More interns mean more opportunities to bring people to the company,” Mr. Hunter says, noting Dropbox is seeking people as young as college freshman.
  • Bump Technologies:  Interns allow you to “try before you buy,” says Bump Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Dave Lieb, who plans to hire as many as 10 for next summer. He says the 30-person company pays intern engineers about $10,000 for a roughly 12-week stint, similar to what other tech start-ups say they pay. Tom Greany, 23, a full-time software engineer at Bump Technologies, was originally a summer intern at the company.
  • Venture Capitalists:  Venture capitalists have begun doing some intern legwork for their companies. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, recruiting at 25 college campuses across the country, helped a cohort of its companies hire around 25 engineering interns for the coming summer through a new program called KPCB Engineering Fellows. Kleiner’s companies, including Klout Inc. and Twitter Inc., started notifying their new interns last week. “Competition for talent is so fierce,” says Kleiner partner Juliet de Baubigny. She says the firm may expand the program, which is currently for juniors in college, to others, including possibly high-school students.

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