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Name: Intern Sushi
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Quick Pitch: Intern Sushi is a new way to find, apply for and manage internships in industries that are hard to break into.
Genius Idea: Providing a multimedia platform for interns and companies to present themselves through one-minute videos and digital profiles.
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If you’re applying for an internship, the last thing you want is for your résumé to get stuck in a pile of hundreds, or even thousands, of other résumés. Intern Sushi lets you show employers why they should hire you instead of tell them.
Through one-minute videos and digital profiles, Intern Sushi allows interns to present themselves to employers in the hardest-to-break-into industries, including film, television, sports, music, fashion, advertising, public relations, web, tech, publishing, theatre and art. The one-minute videos give interns the opportunity to showcase their talents however they like, whether it’s describing their talents and goals, presenting their work or even singing a song.
“We set out to reinvent the application and hiring process for interns to give them access to companies that they feel are really inaccessible,” Intern Sushi founder Shara Senderoff told Mashable in an interview. “We want to drastically change the way of opening the door for students so that it opens in many more ways than they can even imagine.”
After students complete their digital profiles with information such as their college, portfolio, graduation year and interests, they can apply to internships from more than 1,300 companies directly on the site. They can also track every step of the application process, organize drafts, arrange interviews and accept offers all on the site.
For $8.99 a month, interns can get ahead of the competition by signing up for an Intern Sushi premium account. Premium users get a 48-hour headstart to apply for internships and can upload an unlimited number of targeted videos to send to employers.
Launched in 2011, Intern Sushi also lets companies create their own digital profiles with one-minute videos that tell a company story or what they look for in interns.
Companies also post available internships on their profiles and can use the advanced “scouting” feature to find an intern that is the right fit for their program. When they find an intern they’re interested in, they can use the “scout” button to contact him or her using three preset messages or a customized message.
Once interns are hired, the site becomes a management tool to help them be more efficient and effective at their new job. For each industry, Intern Sushi has a “Content Section” of original videos that provides interns with insider information about concepts, key terms and players. For example, if you are are hired for an internship in the fashion industry, Intern Sushi has a video that explains all of the fashion events you should know for your job.
Intern Sushi is currently in beta and has approximately 10,000 interns from around the world. A few of the top companies that seek interns on Intern Sushi are Warner Music Group, Funny or Die, Lionsgate Entertainment, Michael Stars, Gary Sanchez Productions and DraftFCB.
Series Supported by Microsoft BizSpark
The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.
This story originally published on Mashable here.