Facebook Announces College Recruitment Plan

    September 15, 2008

Most college students are quick to admit that Facebook is a diversion; spending time on it is something they do when not dealing with school and the real world.  Only as Facebook looks to expand, it seems that some college students may come to owe their careers to their interest in distractions.

Earlier today, Marcia Velencia announced on the Facebook Blog, "[W]e’ll be visiting 20 universities and 5 business schools searching for talented students to fill both full-time and intern opportunities."

She didn’t mention the number of openings, and as a heads up, the link to Facebook’s new "University candidates" page wasn’t functional when we tried to follow it.

Still, Velencia did state, "We’ve got an area on our Jobs site devoted entirely to University candidates.  There, you’ll be able to stay up-to-date with information regarding the available opportunities, when we’re visiting campuses, and any plans that we have to participate in other outreach events. . . .  Finally, if you don’t see a visit planned to your school, fear not.  Just submit an innovative solution to one of our puzzles, and someone from University Recruiting will be in touch."

It sounds like this is an authentic push rather than a PR stunt.  Recent reports about Facebook getting some new offices make it look even more likely that a sizable number of students will get hired.