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What employers want

January 3, 2011

This fall, we asked our registered employers to tell us how they hire on our site. Want the inside scoop?  Read on!

Do alma maters matter?

Employers told us relevant experience and interview performance were the biggest factors in choosing an intern – and less than 9% of employers said the college an intern attended mattered. Having relevant internships is the best way to move up the ladder to more exciting internship opportunities – and, ultimately, to a much better full-time job.

Paid vs. Unpaid?

About 38% of employers say their internships are generally paid. Though employers have cut back on paid intern positions during the recession, there are still plenty out there. However, paid internships are, as a rule, more competitive. If you need one, make sure your resume and application materials are solid and ready to be sent out (or found…see next paragraph) ASAP.

They’re looking for you.

Almost half of employers said they’ve searched for interns on instead of waiting for candidates to apply. That means there’s a good chance that your next internship could find you – but it raises the importance of keeping your profile complete and professional.

Bikini or beer pictures?

More often than not (54%), employers say they check an internship candidate’s social Web presence (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,LinkedIn) during the hiring process. Even if they’re a tad impressed that you can continually drink liquid upside down for 38 seconds,chances are good it won’t do great things for your career.

Almost 42% of employers on say their internship program is new. In other words, we don’t recycle the same listings you saw last year. On our site, you’ll find a variety of opportunities you might never have heard of, many of which are freshly posted, frequently updated and exclusive to You get quality and quantity. And who says you can’t have it all?

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