At tonight’s Flashpoint meeting I had the opportunity to talk with Heath Hyneman (@hhyneman) and hear his ideas around improving the startup community. One idea really stood out to me: get technical talent from local universities involved in the startup community as early as possible through paid internships. Strong technical talent, once in the workforce, will rarely have to update their resume as there is so much demand for their skills, and job opportunities are abundant.
Big companies, especially local Fortune 500 companies, have huge internships programs due to their size. As a college student, the company or experience that’s most familiar becomes the default choice for a full-time position post graduation. Without exposure to the startup community, a college student is much less likely to look into startups as a career path.
As a long term strategy to grow the startup community, interns are a great way to start. Startups need to make a concerted effort to start recruiting on local campuses and build their technical talent pipeline early.
What else? What are your thoughts on getting more interns involved with startups to grow the startup community?