August 16, 2017
Website aims to streamline job recruitment process for university students
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – InternX, a Purdue student startup, has developed an online platform that would allow company talent recruiters to find and contact collegiate students qualified for job openings.
Nicholas Bachewicz, a senior in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, launched InternX in March 2017. The company is part of the Anvil, a student-managed community co-working space and business incubator in West Lafayette.
InternX serves as a connection board for students to detail their skills and contact information, and for recruiters to find and connect with students. InternX requires recruiters to pay $1 to a student in order to access his or her contact information which allows students to earn passive income over the course of a semester..
“Companies visit campus career fairs looking for students with very specific skill sets. These events can host thousands of students, and recruiters hope a student with ideal qualifications happens across their booth,” Bachewicz said. “Through InternX, recruiters can find candidates and invite them to visit the company at the career fair, making the process more efficient for all parties.”
InternX’s platform aims to supplement the traditional recruiting process.
“It’s not our goal to replace the career fair process. We understand the value of a one-on-one engagement or meeting someone in person. InternX is a great supplement though,” Bachewicz said. “With us, companies can increase their return on investment by targeting specific students before the career fair.”
InternX differs from other recruiting platforms by relying on companies to connect with talent.
“InternX focuses on recruiters knowing exactly what they want,” said Bachewicz. “When they search for talent, they select different criteria for their available position. Then, they can connect with students who are really eligible.”
The InternX platform already includes students from five universities and recruiters from 35 companies.
“We have had over 250 connections between employers and students,” Bachewicz said. “We are excited to continue this success in the upcoming fall semester when university recruiting will be at its highest.”
Bachewicz’s previous experience serving as a director for an electrical design competition at Purdue saw the difficulties recruiters have finding technical talent. InternX specifically targets student with technical experience.
“We want more engineering and computer science students to join because of the low supply and high demand in the job market, but companies are also interested in business management and sales students,” he said.
In the future, Bachewicz hopes the platform will include more universities, students, and disciplines beyond engineering. InternX is seeking potential university partners and is hoping to hire more web developers.
“In the long run, a student being hired by the right company from the start is in the best interest of both parties,” he said. “Our goal is to make perfect matches: allow students to find a compatible company and allow companies to find their ideal talent.”
About the Anvil
The Anvil is the largest co-working space operated by university students in the U.S. and is used by Purdue University students as well as the surrounding community. The Anvil is located at 320 North St. in West Lafayette, Indiana, adjacent to the Purdue campus.
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