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What's the most effective way of or source for finding interns?

I'm looking to bring on a social media intern but don't really know where to search effectively. What are the best sources for this type of internship?

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Taylor Dondich
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Vice President of Engineering at MaxCDN
Are you looking for an unpaid intern? Because you will get what you paid for. If you are just starting out, determine how important your social media strategy is. If you can afford to do so, you should allocate some funds to it.

Post some initial social media job openings on sites such as peopleperhour.com and elance.com. This way you can review people's portfolio and get an idea of their skillset. People experienced with social marketing are very prominent on these sites.

But here's the secret:

Say your long term budget is $100/mo a week for social media marketing. Expect to spend $300 your first week. Why? Hire three people on these sites to do the same job. Then have them execute. Choose the person who had the best deliverables and keep them long term. Obviously tweak your spend based on your available budget.

Don't be afraid to take on someone that is not local. Some of the best people are on the other side of the world. Just be sure you have the ability to manage them appropriately.
Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya
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Experienced Internet Marketing and Digital Health Senior Executive
looksharp or intern match are both great resources. We might have a lot of students here in town. ;)
Matthew Diaz
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Matthew Diaz Entrepreneur
Founder at I Love Free Concerts
I always go for interns that can get college credit. They're unpaid and they'll work for the compensation of earning the needed college credits for graduation.

Try contacting the career offices at nearby colleges and universities to inquire. It's a great way to get interns that will do a good job.
Brian Altounian
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Brian Altounian Advisor
President & CEO, WOWIO, Inc.
Internships.com provides you with an outlet to post internships, job mentorships, part-time jobs and even job shadowing opportunities. I would start there.
Ed Jeffers
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Ed Jeffers Entrepreneur
MD at EDGE +
Easy, Freelancer or Elancer Regards, Ed Jeffers 0404 835 176
Chuck Solomon
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Chuck Solomon Advisor
Recruitment Marketing Strategist
I am happy to introduce you to a training group that may be able to meet your needs. They train college students and provide a framework for them to properly and effectively manage social media for SMB's. All for $300/mo. I have three clients that use their services. Email me at "info at chucksolomon.com" if you are interested in learning more.
Kyle Fowers
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Kyle Fowers Advisor
Founder at Gear Backer
Each university should have an intern office. I have been contacted by a local university before and even though I didn't use any at the time I kept the contact.
Jasmine Alexander
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Jasmine Alexander Entrepreneur
Founder and CEO jazmine.com
In NY, I posted at NYU, Columbia and other universities. I got a lot of responses. The one thing to consider is that interns don't have a lot of experience, so, you will need to know enough to guide them. Or, give them specific deliverables so they can be successful. Craigslist is also good if you can pay something.

Urbaninternshttps://twitter.com/urbaninterns

elance, odesk etc. are other options...
Varun Bhartia
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Varun Bhartia Advisor
Product Manager at FB
Hey Nathan,

I am working on www.startupfinder.io, a simple service to help students at schools that don't have a startup/tech scene find Internships at startups!

We are launching a beta in the next week. I would love to feature your startup!

Would also love everyone's feedback!

Deepak Ghosh
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Deepak Ghosh Entrepreneur • Advisor
Sr. Vendor Manager at Amazon, Founder at DriftChat
I found both my interns at internships.com. I had a good experience there. Both of them were unpaid, and one of them has become part of my core team.
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