InternshipIn provides a new way for students and employers to find one another and develop a working relationship. Through the site, students can sign up and build a personal profile, displaying their skills and achievements. Students can also search for internships that match their skill set the best. Employers can also perform a similar search, narrowing down the list of potential recruits and extending an invitation to apply for an internship through the site.Show more screenshots »
The InternshipIn website had a very modest start, beginning in an Italian restaurant called Gypsies in downtown Berkeley. After a short five evenings of coding, the founders Arielle and Jessica along with the help of Andy, launched InternshipIn beta. Ever since that lunch in Gypsies, the trio have been managing InternshipIn to help students better themselves and begin a long, fruitful career through internships.
InternshipIn is unique in the way it approaches internships from two different perspectives. The anxious student can get their name out there in front of potential employers and search for opportunities that best suit them. From an employer’s perspective, potential candidates can be found and information reviewed before making contact. Both sides benefit with more fitting connections that can help a long term working relationship to flourish. Students can get their foot in the door and employers can get out there and find the most qualified candidates for their internships.
Using very basic shapes and color contrast elements, InternshipIn’s web design is both attractive and professional. The dark background offsets lime green menus, tied together through the stylish logo. The purpose of the site is easily apparent and users can get started right away without wading through excessive graphics or advertisements. InternshipIn gets right to the point, offering searches and account creation to help students get a leg up and assist employers in their hunt for an intern.
After arriving at the InternshipIn homepage, interested visitors can click the bold “signup” link found at the top right hand corner of the page. A drop down box asks if the visitor is a student or employer before continuing. From there, a name, email address, and password are requested. Although account access is provided right away, a purple link at the top advises the new user to check their email and complete verification. This is necessary to fully activate the InternshipIn account.
InternshipIn is currently offered at a price any student can afford: free. All accounts, both student and employer, come at no charge to the user. That being said, a note in the FAQ hints at paid features in the future for the employer side of the equation. From the small amount of information provided, this appears to remain optional rather than a replacement for the free membership. What the new features will be is not noted, however the site does state that posting internships may require a fee in the future, except during October and November. An interested user should check out the site’s FAQ page to learn more as announcements are made.
The two main groups that can really use InternshipIn consists of students and employers. Students ready to get out there and start honing their skills in the workplace can create profiles and make a presence on the site. Employers can utilize InternshipIn as a cost effective way to find new recruits and award internships to qualified students. There are many benefits for both sides. Anyone else would find little to do on the site, since it is geared only towards those two types of users.