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June 5, 2015
A Great Way to Connect With Interns
 
internrocket.com is a new tool that businesses can use to connect with potential interns. Finding interns can be quite an extensive process, and most small businesses don’t have the time or manpower to give up when it comes to actually having to find interns — especially good interns. The benefits of employing interns are significant, but if it’s a pain for most businesses, is it really worth the trouble? Fortunately, internrocket.com has found a way to streamline the process, and make everything easier. The site is slick, and the tools they provide are extremely useful.

You can check out the intern finder site on your own, but first, below explains some of the benefits and pitfalls I found with the tool and how businesses can use it to be successful.

How internrocket.com Works
Essentially, the app is a way to bridge the gap between businesses and those looking for an internship. By cutting out the middleman (schools, job sites, etc.), the primary focus is finding the perfect fit for both parties. Most internship postings get lost in larger job posting sites, which isn’t any help. internrocket.com eliminates this problem by creating a direct link between companies looking for interns and those eager to find an internship.

I created accounts for both businesses and interns to see what tools were available, and below are some of the benefits and features that I found for both businesses and interns.

For Businesses: Brand Identity
Establishing your business’s presence is essential in the current market. The profile tools that internrocket.com provides allow you to go into great detail. You can upload your company image, add keywords associated to your business, and type up what your company does. The profile criteria are similar to what one would expect from social media sites. It’s user-friendly and pretty straightforward. It’s still in the beta phase, so it’s possible some of these features might change, but so far it seems pretty substantial. Below is a screenshot of the type of information your business can include:

For Businesses: Creating Work
Once a business has set up their profile page, the “new internship” section allows them to create a new job. You are able to set specific parameters, such as the length of the internship, the type of work required, and the amount of interns you are in the market for. You’re also able to attach a YouTube video to the post, if you have one, and tag skills that are required for the job.


For Interns: Getting Your Name Out There
On the other side of things, eager interns looking to snag their dream job can create their own profile in hopes of being discovered by businesses. I created my own test profile to see if the tools were similar to the business account. They were slightly similar, but the user account is more basic. It felt like a simplified Facebook/Twitter hybrid. You can gain followers, display your current job history, and upload your current résumé. There is a social link, which I assume means you can link up your current social media accounts, but at the time of writing it didn’t appear to be functional. Again, keep in mind that it’s still in the beta phase. It’s possible that these features will be added before the official launch.


For Businesses and Interns: What/Who is Out There?
The search and explore tools are pretty good for narrowing down results. Businesses are able to search for interns using set criteria so they can find exactly what they need. Students are also able to use these tools to scout out available internships by matching up their skill sets.

If you aren’t interested in spending the time to search, one of the coolest things about this app is the matching algorithm. internrocket.com treats finding the perfect job fit from both sides like dating, and they produce some pretty impressive matches using some really intelligent inputs. Here’s an article that explains how their algorithm works for you and why internrocket.com thinks they’re the best internship finder out there.


So Is It Worth it?
The time I spent messing around with the app was pretty captivating. The minimalistic design is really easy on the eyes, and the whole process was super easy. I created both accounts with little effort, and was searching for potential interns/internships in no time. I’m very curious about what the social features are and if they’re planning on expanding them into something substantial.

While I was using the site, I honestly wished I were looking for an internship myself. As of right now, there really isn’t another site that offers this type of service. internrocket.com has found a niche in the market, and they have the potential to change the way that internships are handled in the digital world. It’s hard not to recommend it. Best of all, it’s free.

It is worth noting, however, that you can upgrade to the “Pro” edition for the relatively small monthly fee of $4.95 when considering the “dream job” that they are selling. I didn’t get a chance to use the upgraded features, but behind the pay wall you’ll gain access to custom URLs, advanced search tools, advanced matching, and more filtering tools. They offer a free trial of the “Pro” edition, so I recommend you give that a try.

Room for Improvement
It’s hard to criticize the site due to the fact that it’s still in beta, and so far I’m impressed. I do think the posting section could be cleaned up a little bit, and the layout is a little sloppy — it reminds me of the Windows Metro theme. Plain and simple — while the functionality is there, the design is a little bland. Hopefully color themes become available in the official release to make it a little bit more appealing.

I do hope that my hunch about social media integration features turns out to be true. I’d really like to see some kind of Facebook or Twitter connectivity. The app could also serve as a great extension to your LinkedIn account, so hopefully we’ll see that feature develop in the coming months.

How This Could Help You
As stated earlier, most small businesses don’t have the time to mess around with slow internship programs. Time is valuable for most people, and a lot of effort can be wasted when looking for interns. By using internrocket.com, small business owners have complete control over the entire process. Smaller businesses are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding interns. Larger companies usually have greater reach and more tools that make it easier for them. This new system puts the power back in the small business owner’s hands.

The great thing about smaller companies is the personal touch they offer. internrocket.com feels like a more personal experience than other job sites. You can learn a lot about a potential hire just by checking out their profile. If they’re not a match, you can move on to the next one. The risk is low, and it’s a quick way for you to access a huge amount of potential interns.

The Verdict: With all that said, I would highly recommend internrocket.com for both businesses and interns. Hopefully the company will start to market toward colleges and universities to get students involved (which should be the easy part), and companies will catch on quickly to really give this platform what it needs to succeed.

Be sure to head over to internrocket.com and check it out. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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Amanda DiSilvestro is a graduate of Illinois State University. Although she graduated with an English Education degree, she found herself working as a full-time blogger at Highervisibility, nationally recognized as one of the best SEO companies in the country. Connect with HigherVisibility on Google+ and Twitter to learn more!
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