they are desperately seeking experience to break into what is a very competitive field. Creative Internships hopes to avoid this by making access to Internship positions more available.
THE NEED FOR A RESOURCE
You may be thinking that the design schools already offer similar services, which is very true. This is however not the case with all schools. The amount of resources given to students to find internships varies greatly and students are often left scouring the web for positions hidden within other job boards. Additionally the schools who do offer placement programs also tend to have more students than positions which makes finding listings outside the schools resources mandatory.
Benefits for Creative Firms
Creative firms benefit through the creation of such a resource as well. By creating a an established resource for internship positions creative firms can reach a larger pool of talent with minimal time invested. Additionally this service is being offered completely FREE in an effort to reach as many employers as is possible. Job boards charge a large amount to post listings which is not feasible for the high turnover that comes with interns. Being a free service will also make finding interns more financially feasible.
BUT HOW WILL THIS FIGHT SPEC?
Unlike similar free/low-cost options like Craigslist, I will be personally moderating all of the submissions to make sure that all listings are non speculative. This ensures that listings are of the highest quality and eliminates the need to scour through a large number of listings.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Helping is easy, if you are looking to fill an internship position some time in the future why not list it? It’s free and only takes a couple of minutes. You can also help spread the word by posting a link on your blog or sharing it via your social network of choice.
I sincerely believe that the entire design community has something to gain from creating an established internship listing site. Students need the experience, and firms need the help. Let’s help the students avoid SPEC and gain the right type of experience!
I also wanted to apologize to the faithful readers for my lack of posts over the past week. I was focused on making Creative Internships see the light of day and I hope you can see why!