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    Good morning and welcome to the future 👋

    If you’re seeking an internship or looking to secure a talent pipeline for your business, check out today’s startup for an innovative solution that addresses many current themes and trends.

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    Startup of the day

    Virtual Internships, California (USA)

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    Source: Virtual Internships

    What’s the deal: Launched in 2018, Virtual Internships connects employers offering online internships with students or graduates seeking internship opportunities, and partners closely with universities and other educational organizations.

    Underlying trends: EdTech, Remote internships

    Why we have picked it: Virtual Internships addresses many of today’s hot topics: Preparing young people for the workplace, hiring challenges, the ‘normalization’ of remote working, and the emerging importance of technology in education, to name but a few.

    Why it matters: Research shows that internships increase the chances of getting a job after graduation. Conversely, they also help organizations create talent pipelines for the future. However, the pandemic has prevented many students from pursuing their dream internships.

    Virtual Internships eliminates such obstacles by incorporating best practices and technology in a virtual setting, to improve the experience for all stakeholders.

    The startup claims to host over 6000 students, 4000 companies, and over 100 universities and educational institutions worldwide.

    Our take: Virtual Internships is redesigning internships for students in the 21st-century workforce, mirroring the future of work and addressing the needs of the education sector.

    But, Virtual Internships’ fee for each application of $1,495 is pretty pricey, and is likely to be a stretch for students from middle-income households.

    However, students can pay in installments or, in special cases, their university may be willing to cover the costs on their behalf.

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