Fed up with unpaid internships, thousands of U.S. students are using a new website to help them find paid freelance gigs.
Flinja has signed up 150,000 "freelance ninjas" since its launch in October 2012, tapping into growing demand among students and recent graduates for paid, relevant work experience as an alternative to lowly internships.
The site connects students with companies such as Xerox(XRX), Kaplan and Yelp(YELP).
Udemy, an online learning platform that uses the site to recruit, said it provided a better caliber of freelance candidate.
"The quality of the applicants on Flinja has been much better compared to other services I use regularly," said Kasia Mikoluk, content marketer at Udemy.