Parker Dewey is in the business of helping to jump-start careers — and making it easier for companies and job candidates to connect before making long-term commitments. The idea came to founder Jeffrey Moss WG04 during his roughly 20 years as a private equity investor, when he observed students struggling to secure their first jobs because they didn’t have the right academic records or personal connections.

His vision: help students and recent graduates get those gigs by exposing them earlier to employers (and vice versa) through micro-internships. Here’s how it works: Companies post short-term paid assignments to Parker Dewey, and candidates apply to complete them. Through the projects, young workers take on roles that could lead to internships or, better yet, full-time positions.

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