Intern Bridge Newsletter

Our Team


Richard Bottner Click For Bio

Founder, President, and the Internship Advocate

Richard started Intern Bridge in 2005 after networking with hundreds of HR professionals and as the result of both positive and poor internship experiences. He is the author of Total Internship Management: The Employer's Guide To Building The Ultimate Internship Program. He is also the founder and lead researcher of the National Internship and Co-op Study, an annual college recruiting best practices survey that has been completed by over 100,000 students nationwide since its inception. Richard has provided professional development opportunities to over 10,000 individuals and over 80% of the Fortune 100 Companies. in 2008, he was named to Business Week’s list of the Top 25 U.S. Entrepreneurs Under 25.


Robert Shindell Click For Bio

Director of Content and Resource Development

Over the past 13 years, Robert has successfully served in a variety of professional leadership roles within higher education and the private sector. He developed career centers at The University of Toledo’s College of Engineering, Midwestern State University and the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, in addition to serving as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services at Texas Tech University and the Dean of Enrollment Management for Huston-Tillotson University. Immediately prior to joining the Intern Bridge team, Robert worked to grow an award winning “virtual career center” at and


David Cofer Click For Bio

Director of Client Solutions

David Cofer most recently served as the President of Cofer Consulting Solutions, a full service provider of millennial talent management solutions. Prior to starting his consulting practice, David spent over 15 years working in various strategy roles for JPMorgan Chase. In his last role prior to leaving the company, David served as Recruiting Manager and Intern Program Manager for the Corporate Sector’s entry programs.  In this Vice President level role, Dave oversaw the firm’s largest entry talent recruiting team and summer internship program globally.  David’s team was responsible for hiring over 700 people annually (full-time hires and interns) and overseeing a 350+ person summer internship program. 


Dr. Phil Gardner

Lead Research Advisor

As the Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, Dr. Phil Gardner is the most well-known and respected name in college labor market research. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Gardner spent six years on the faculty at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests cover the transition from college to work and early workplace socialization; labor market dynamics for college educated employees, especially career development; student engagement, learning and competency development; and impact of the first and second year of college on commitment to learning.


Lindsay Elias

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Lindsay Elias has a B.A.A. from Central Michigan University in integrative public relations, with a triple minor in advertising, marketing and public affairs. Lindsay considers herself a very driven, enthusiastic and creative PR professional. She was the 2008-2009 vice president of the Dr. Diane S. Krider Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America at Central Michigan University. Lindsay also served as a freelance account executive for Esterline Public Relations, where she provided design consulting, logo work and other public relations consulting. She was an assistant account executive for PR Central (CMU's student-run nonprofit PR firm) in the fall of 2008.


Christopher Rhoads

Statistical Consultant

Chris is an Institute of Education Sciences post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Policy Research in Evanston, IL. Chris has served as a statistical consultant for numerous research projects both in private industry and in academia. Example consulting projects include a nationwide study of family leave policies at U.S. institutions of higher education and a randomized trial examining the efficacy of an innovative method for delivering health care messages to adolescents with asthma via MP3 players. Chris has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Northwestern University. His academic research is focused on issues arising in the design and analysis of experimental evaluations of educational interventions. Chris ensures that all of our research exceeds statistical standards.


Gautam Gupta


Gautam is an investment team member of General Catalyst Partners. Prior to that, he was employed by Procter and Gamble, where he analyzed brand strategy and consumer preferences in the Consumer Market Knowledge group of the company's North American Fabric Care business unit. Before P&G, Gautam worked closely with the sales and marketing groups at Wireless Services Corporation (now known as SinglePoint) and CTV Live on Campus, during his studies at Babson College. Gautam received a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College, with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies. Gautam is in charge of Intern Bridge's operational and strategic initiatives.


Rachel Reiser

Generational Consultant

Rachel I. Reiser is currently Associate Dean for Academic Services at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. In a career spanning over 15 years she has worked directly with college students, providing her with the opportunity to experience first hand the changing characteristics of today’s late adolescent. This, coupled with her own observations, has fostered her professional interest in generational studies. Rachel has researched, written, and presented extensively on the demographics and psychographics of the current generation of young students born between 1982 and 2002, often known as Millennials. She recently published an article entitled “Meet the Millennials: The Baby on Board Generation,” and has presented countless programs on this topic to a range of audiences including high school and college faculties and administration, Boards of Trustees, professional organizations, corporate industry, and groups of Millennial parents. She has also served as a consultant to groups and organizations in helping them to consider their work in the age of the Millennial Generation.


Dan Berger

Graphic Designer

Dan Berger holds a B.A. in English and a degree in Color Theory from UCLA. He has worked on numerous high-profile national marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. Dan has over 18 years of experience as a corporate, agency and freelance designer. His work at Intern Bridge involves the design and layout of publications and marketing materials (including books, white papers, flyers and postcards.)


Sean Janson


Sean Janson holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English. He has worked variously as a writing tutor, researcher, copy editor, proofreader, writer, and teacher. He is the author of numerous published works, both scholarly and creative. His work at Intern Bridge, Inc. involves proofing, editing, and sometimes writing publications.