#u30pro Needs an Intern!

It’s been great to watch the community grow around u30pro.  Lauren and I can’t thank you all enough for contributing your time and thoughts every week.

As it continues to grow, u30pro has taken more and more of our time.  Both Lauren and I are very busy with our jobs, and have decided to bring in some help to manage the u30pro projects.

We need an intern.

What can we offer you?

Well, no money…u30pro doesn’t make any.  But we can offer you the chance to gain valuable experience building a strong community, working with the best team ever, some resume juice, and the chance to be part of something fresh and exciting.

What would you do?

  • Help with the weekly digest.
  • Manage other areas where the community expands. (linkedin, facebook, etc…)
  • Participate in chats/help with moderation.
  • Work with partners on our cross-promotional efforts.
  • General promotion of the community.

We’re not a business.  We’re not revenue driven.  We’re just providing a forum for communication amongst one of the most enthusiastic communities around…and loving every minute of it.

If you’re interested in joining us, email me at dspinks5 at gmail dot com with one paragraph explaining why you’d make a good u30pro intern.

DEBATE: Don’t Hire a Social Media Intern

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If you’re relying on an intern to lead your social media strategy, you’re crazy.  I don’t care how small your business is.  You’re better off not doing it at all than bringing in an intern to handle your social media presence.  Here’s why:

1. Internships are short term. Building a presence online takes time.  You have to build relationships, slowly but effectively.  Your intern cannot build a social media presence, in the 3 months that they’re with your company.

2. Interns don’t identify with your brand. They view it as a stepping stone.  You want the person that’s representing you online to be passionate about your brand.

3. Interns won’t be available beyond 9-5. Have a crisis? Don’t count on calling your intern at 9pm and having them jump online to handle the social media backlash.  With your social media presence in the hands of your intern, your brand will only be present from 9-5.

4. Interns aren’t as accountable. If a full-time employee makes a big mistake online, they have to worry about losing their job.  Losing an internship? Not as big of a deal.

The debate is open.  Should companies hire social media interns?  What if they’re not responsible for the entire social media presence, but they’re managed by a full time social media manager.  Good idea then?  What responsibilities should you give them?