Take your internship search to Twitter

Brian Smith

Internships are an integral part of the college process. For some majors, it’s even required.

Iowa State students looking for internships in the Des Moines area this summer now have a new tool at their disposal. Well, to be fair it isn’t a new tool, but a new use of Twitter.

Norah Carroll, a soon-to-be graduate of Drake University and social media strageist with Lava Row, has been encouraging companies and individuals to add the hashtag #dmintern to all tweets about internships in Des Moines.

Carroll said she got the idea after seeing job postings in the Des Moines area tagged with #dmjobs.

“I thought it might be useful to create a hashtag that would compile all of the internship postings shared on Twitter,” she said. “Rather than having to follow all of these companies’ individual accounts for information, they would be able to stay abreast of changes and new opportunities just by following the hashtag.”

Companies such as Freestyle Public Relations, Blue Compass and the Iowa Cubs are already using the hashtag.

Carroll said that she has been watching for postings and retweeting them with the hashtag to try and raise awareness. She also said, “I’d love to see more companies and individuals share internship and job opportunities in such a streamlined manner; it definitely helps to simplify the job or internship search process!”

So if you’re looking for an internship, brush up on your Twitter skills — check out this guide from Mashable if you need some help — and check out the #dmintern hashtag.