An Internship Hangout on Google+
By Audrey Watters
Next Wednesday (February 29), InternMatch will be hosting what it’s calling “the largest ever internship hangout” and the first of its kind on the Google+ platform. The startup is teaming up with 6 major companies for a day-long, streaming video event to help educate students about various elements of the internship process — from how to land an internship to how to turn an internship into a job offer.
That’s becoming an increasingly important skill as having a college degree is no guarantee that a student will find employment. (According to recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor, the unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds is 16.3% compared to 8.8% for all adults). Internships aren’t a silver bullet to youth unemployment, of course, but landing an internship ups one’s chances at finding employment substantially — 70% of interns are actually offered jobs at the places they intern.
But finding and landing the right internship is easier said than done.