The 3-Minute Interview: Dan Mullaney of

Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Mullaney created, a startup that links companies with MBA students searching for freelance work and employment. Mullaney came up with the project while earning his MBA at Georgetown University this past year.

What's the inspiration behind MBA Project Search?

Like 75 percent of all MBA students, I wanted to make a career transition. But making a change is difficult, and I realized the importance the internship is for the MBA student to explain that career jump. I wanted to give opportunities where MBAs could build up their resume to make that career shift. And being a start-up owner myself, I realized there were management things I was unaware of when I started my business. What better way to do that than find an MBA student in that background who could do some freelance work to help?

What has the reception been like?

The reception has been amazing. There was a soft launch around Aug. 1. We did another launch where did a real marketing push Sept. 1. We have students from every Ivy League institution, we have international students from some of the best schools. Nationally speaking, we're all over the country. We have about 800 projects, full-time jobs and internships online.

Is the interest a reflection of the tough job market?

It definitely speaks to the difficulty out there. But I really believe that a lot the MBA grads and students are looking to venture out on their own, and they need compensation while they make their own plans. The freelance work allows compensatory award and something to put on their resume before they start on their way.

How much does it cost?

It's entirely free. There's really nothing to lose regarding trying it out. The only fees that are on the site are optional. You can feature a project for $10 or hide it from search engines for $5.

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