“Years ago, when I was in college, when I wanted to apply for internships, the only websites around were Monster and CareerBuilder,” says Lauren Berger. “I would go to those sites as a student and I would feel so lost. I just wanted someone to help me.”
Berger, now 31, wound up taking on 15 different internships in her student years before going on to found the internship search site Intern Queen, now in its seventh year and number 9 on our list of the best sites for finding internships. “I had this light bulb moment where I said, ‘Wait a second, what if I were the person that could help other students — at that time, my peers, and now students around the world — get one step closer to their dream opportunity.”
The fact is college students and new graduates have more resources for finding an internship than ever. In addition to the time-tested strategy of scouring their own networks of friends, family and contacts, young people in search of an entry-level position or valuable experience in the workplace have many quality search engines to look through. Here are ten of the best:
The ubiquity of LinkedIn in the world of professional networking is so profound, having a profile there is arguably more important than having a presence on any other social media site. Building a network of contacts is easy, and connecting with friends adds a social aspect to the massive, international online job fair LinkedIn has become. Keep in mind, though, that the cost to post a single job is $499 for employers (it costs $295 each to post ten of them), so the internship listings you turn up will likely have been placed by firms with a few dollars to throw around. For opportunities at smaller, more thrifty firms, look elsewhere.
Indeed.com’s low cost model has served it well since its founding in 2004; its policy of letting employers post jobs and search resumes for free may be the prime factor in the site’s ability to attract the 180 million unique visitors it claims log on every month from over 50 different countries. The plain mechanics of the site provide a no-nonsense search engine that’s easy to navigate for those seeking or posting jobs. A search for internship positions in Chicago, yielded almost 2,000 results, with the option to whittle down the list of findings by salary, distance, company and job type. Results also show reviews of employers, presumably written by previous employees.
Based in Burbank, California, Internships.com is owned by textbook rental and educational services company Chegg and claims to currently have 144,933 internship positions from 94,334 companies located in 8,347 cities across the U.S. A quick search for internships in advertising in the Chicago area yielded 220 results, the vast majority of them virtual positions, workable from remote locations. The service offers free postings, allows users to see which Facebook friends are connected to a given company and, of course, includes a mobile app for managing a job search on the go.
Based in Sausalito, California, Glassdoor boasts useful ratings of various aspects of employing companies, including CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, and benefit information. The company also offers a mobile app. A quick search for an internship in advertising near Chicago yielded 329 postings, though some of them had already expired.
Your School or Alma Mater
The careers website of the college you attended can be a fantastic resource if you’re seeking an internship for the summer or looking for entry into the workforce in a given industry. Different schools within a university sometimes have their own job boards too. If employers trust the university you attended enough to seek its students as workers, you will be at an advantage as a product of that institution.
Founded in 1995, Idealist.org focuses on finding job seekers positions as volunteers, opportunities at non profits, and open internships. The firm, which is based in New York City and Portland, Oregon, boasts 1.4 million visitors to its site and placement openings with over 100,000 organizations. A quick search conducted in late January for internships — in no particular geographical region — yielded just fewer than 1,900 openings. Founder Ami Dar sat down with Forbes contributor Rahim Kanini in 2012; see that interview here.
Since it was launched in 2009 by Fredrik van Huynh and AurÃ©lie Chouaf, London-based Absolute Internship has focused on the internationally-minded internship seeker. As van Huynh told FORBES, the company is sought out by “ambitious, travel-loving university students who are keen on expanding their global network and want to meet students from around the world.” Van Huynh claims the firm places about 1,000 students each year into internships in its six locations–Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Shanghai and Singapore. Students pay a program fee that starts at $3,099 and goes up to $6,495 for the destination they have been accepted to.
Since launching for business in 2009, Looksharp — which, once upon a time, was known as InternMatch — has raised almost $9.5 million from players like 500 Startups, Artis Ventures and Kapor Capital, to name a few. The company claims to offer postings from over 30,000 companies including Facebook , Lyft , Vertafore , and Charles Schwab , plus quite a few NGOs. The search engine stores positions from most U.S. states, Washington, D.C., plus some areas of Canada. When searching, if the internship you had your sights on is no longer available, Looksharp will offer up several others that are similar.
Lauren Berger’s Intern Queen business has been around for the past seven years and emerged directly from her own experience searching for internships. Her small staff, based in California, seeks to give internship seekers a slightly more personal service by offering career and job search advice on its site while putting forth its founder, Berger, as the very visible face of the media and fashion industry-centric search organization. Says Berger: “I think people come to our site and feel like they have a cheerleader; someone really rooting for them and there to hold their hand throughout the internship journey.”
Internship Programs is essentially a landing page for a bevy of internship openings from everywhere. The simple site allows job-seekers to type in a keyword describing what they are looking for, followed by a geographical location in which they would like to work. The results are often brief descriptions of what’s on offer and a link to the hiring company’s site or the job board on which the position is offered.
This article was written by Karsten Strauss from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.