Idea-Zap: Enternships – from Paris to Bolivia!

2009 May 9
by Khalil Aleker

enternEnterprising young graduate launches – an innovative service to help graduates cope in the current jobs crisis – widely supported by the entrepreneur and start-up community.

Rajeeb Dey, 23, who graduated last year from the University of Oxford and was President of student society – Oxford Entrepreneurs, has used his dense network of contacts and understanding of students, to challenge the stereotypical ‘graduate milkround job’ and traditional internships in large corporations by starting Enternships. Enternships is the first online platform to successfully recruit people for roles in distinctly entrepreneurial companies, with a focus on small businesses. The scheme was successfully piloted as a listing service whilst Dey was a student at Oxford University. Despite no active marketing to companies, over 160 Enternships were posted on the website; these were advertised to students through the Oxford Entrepreneurs network – one of the largest networks of student entrepreneurs in Europe.

The premise of the new site is very simple, employers sign up and post placements and potential enterns upload their CVs and apply for them. Employers are then able to manage the entire recruitment process, from posting a vacancy to filtering, interviewing and selecting candidates, via the website. With the growing mobility of graduates Enternships also recognises the importance of having global exposure as early as possible, and has representatives marketing the concept to start-ups and potential enterns in India and the US, with placements currently available in diverse locations ranging from Paris to Bolivia.

So what are you waiting for Startup Employers in Africa? Join the community, post your entern vacancy and reap rewards by just empowering graduates.

Scott Cain, Deputy CEO of Make Your Mark, said:

“Enternships provides a brilliant match between young people hungry for experience and dynamic, entrepreneurial firms. And like all good businesses, the timing is spot on.”

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