Talan Torriero, former cast member of the MTV show, “Laguna Beach – the Real Orange County” has taken his talents to the web with CyberInterns.com. But he didn’t learn his lessons on life from his acting pursuits.
“Through interning, I learned a lot of lessons,” Torriero said. “You have to push boundaries and be one step ahead of everybody. You really have to believe in what you do.”
His new site caters to interns seeking opportunities just like he had. Torriero said he never had time to relocate to New York City with his busy schedule, so he looked into virtual internships. He discovered a “very reputable, credible internship” with CoverAwards.com but had difficulties finding it.
“I had to look through around 10 different internship sites, but found that (very few) of the postings were virtual,” Torriero said. “I knew these internships were going to increase with the development of technology, and I know basic code, so I thought I would (build the site) myself.”
CyberInterns.com’s purpose is to connect students with employers seeking virtual interns. Employers pay per listing, and so far, the site has 60 opportunities. Torriero said the site would never charge interns to view the listings. The key is establishing communication between the employer and the intern, Torriero said.
“It’s always about communication, whether the interns are in the office or not,” he said.
He called interns the “blood, sweat, and tears” of start-up companies, which he hopes to promote through CyberInterns.com. Working for a start-up can give interns insight on how to start their own business, he said, and interns shouldn’t rule them out because they’re not for a large company.
“Interns help start-ups get to where they need to be,” he said. “Those internships get students to work from a ground-level perspective.”
The amount of attention the site has been getting has been overwhelming for Torriero, and he recently received an investment in the website that will fund its redesign. No matter what happens with the site, Talan plans to continue his work with CoverAwards.com.
“I don’t really have much of a life at this point, but I’ve always wanted to do this,” he said. “I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur and spark attention for industry that people haven’t seen yet.”