You Too Can 2.0: And an Intern Shall Lead the Way
This would be a great place to start your search. A one-hour visit to a senior-studies course could put you in a classroom speaking to 20 college students excited at the mere prospect of the opportunity to work with your organization and who all are eagerly heading into the world of nonprofits.
2) Many colleges allow students to do work for outside companies or organizations to obtain senior credits. This type of arrangement is beneficial for both the student and the employer. The student gets college credits and knowledge of the industry, while the organization gets the input of an energetic, 2.0-savvy individual working for its cause. This type of recruitment requires only a phone call to the career-services offices of any major university. One of the areas these offices specialize in is helping students secure the internships required for graduation.
3) Browse social-networking sites. Many organizations and companies are turning to Facebook for their intern needs. Check out Chicago Professionals for Youth on Facebook. This group focuses on connecting young professionals with volunteer opportunities at local nonprofits. There are several groups like this one, looking for organizations to pair with talented, young students beginning their careers.
Obtaining the assistance of an intern for social networking is a cost-effective, flexible way to test out how your organization can benefit from 2.0 applications, and, at the same time, also provides the opportunity for the next generation of nonprofit professionals to get a jump-start in the industry.
Christina Johns is manager of media and telemarketing at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.