If you’ve ever tried to find a great intern or a great internship, it turns out to be a lot more work than it should be. Internships are an afterthought for most job boards, but increasingly companies are looking to try out their next hires before giving them a full salaried position. Urban Interns joins a growing list of internship-focused sites, allowing companies and interns to find each other.
The site launched in February, 2009, but now the two women founders, Cari Sommer and Lauren Porat, are taking their first angel round of $250,000. The site covers 9 markets, including New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with more cities and features coming soon. There are currently about 10,000 active users on the site, counting both employers and job seekers. Urban Interns also caters to companies with part-time jobs and freelance positions.
It costs only $40 for a company to post an internship and have access to the Urban Interns database for 30 days, which lets them search through the applicants by a variety of criteria and lets them send private messages to applicants. That is a lot cheaper than posting on the major job boards, and it is a more targeted listing.