Profiting From Interns
What it does: Internship advice and placement consulting
Founder: Richard Bottner, 24
Web site: www.internbridge.com
Based: Acton, Mass.
Then: Bottner started Intern Bridge as a way to get information to employers who he said were "clueless" about what interns wanted from their jobs. His first major project was a survey of 7,000 students and 235 employers. He sold the data he collected in that survey to human resources managers. He then expanded into publications, Webinars, workshops, and internship consulting. He expected revenue to hit $100,000 in 2008.
Now: Bottner says the company produces between two to eight publications a month intended for students seeking internships and businesses seeking interns. They range from $40 to $150 a pop. The company also produces specialty job training seminars in conjunction with Simmons College, George Mason University, and Columbus State Community College to help unemployed workers find jobs. He expects $200,000 in revenue by yearend.
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