Summer work is showing up superbly this month.
Small companies and start-ups may just now be wondering how they will manage the vacation-heavy months of July and August or who’s going to help handle the surge in business. They’re developing posts that will show up this month; March is usually the peak month for internship job postings, according to job search site Indeed.com , which offers advice for would-be interns on its blog.
“Every day it’s something new” at a start-up company, said Daniel Aguiar, Santa Clara University’s executive director for entrepreneurship programs. Interns could end up taking on a broad array of duties – from assisting with the business plan to developing a website to sales calls with the CEO – if they work for a company with only a few paid staffers.
Here are some ideas from Aguiar on where to seek start-up and small company opportunities:
- Head to business incubators and business parks. Incubators can house 20 to 100 start-ups and growing companies, so bring a lot of resumes along. Business parks may have dozens of prospects too, many of them below the radar.
- Read up on who’s revving up. A company that has just landed an angel investor or some new funding may want some bright young talent. So will one with a major new client. So check the business journals, small business magazines and blogs, and watch the chamber and economic development newsletters for profiles and news that shows promise.
- Look to lawyers and alumni associations. Both may be fertile grounds to identify small business owners and start-ups, Aguiar said.
Understand that interning or working for a small company can feel very different than a huge company. Expect a start-up to be less structured and to offer less support than a major company. Most have no one handling human resources and the founders are probably working 70-hour weeks already. Plus they may have fewer forms and more personality, or quirks.
Start-ups don’t work for everyone, Aguiar said. One student told him: “It’s way too chaotic.”
It’s a great time to look for a summer internship – especially if you’re searching outside of the Fortune 500 and other giant companies.
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