Over the past four years we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of students find internships and start their career on the right foot. However, our goal with InternMatch has always been to be much bigger then the job space and to truly redefine the college experience. Nothing is more critical to the college experience than building lifelong connections, and that’s why we couldn’t be more excited to announce that starting next month on May 15th, we are switching our focus from internships and re-branding as PetMatch.us!
The Lightbulb Moment
Three months ago, we had a classic light bulb moment.
In a survey to a few hundred thousand students, a large percent said they would prefer to work in an office with pets. It was immediately obvious that students like pets. That said, few have them. The question was why.
Currently, no site exists to help students navigate which pets are the right ones for them. For example, if you are a freshman and still living in a dorm, you probably want something small and easily concealable like a turtle (or, if possible, a chameleon). On the other hand, what happens if you attend a coastal university like UC Santa Barbara? A whole new slew of coastal pet options opens up from manatee to squid!
The pet finding industry really hasn’t changed since the pet store, so we are thrilled that we can bring an innovative new approach to finding pets and disrupt this industry.
Technology and PetMatching
The most exciting thing about this new change is that all the work we did building InternMatch will not go to waste. The site design will remain similar (see screenshot) but instead of searching through tedious internship descriptions, you will be treated to photo rich listings of pets.
The millions of data points we have on student searches and internship search preferences will easily transfer over to selecting the ideal pet (potentially even one you never knew about). Have you spent the last year searching for Wall Street jobs on InternMatch? Cool–then a regal bloodhound is almost certain to be the best fit for you.
Get Started Today!
We are excited to share that PetMatch beta is already out the door. Feel free to do your first pet search today by clicking below!