By Ashley Mosley
SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) -- It's the most important question for the modern recruiter: How do you cultivate a young, diverse workforce -- filled with varying backgrounds, educational experiences and skill sets -- on a budget? After all, not everyone can afford to use pricey gamification tactics or attend expensive networking events.
You may face this question quite frequently, particularly as you begin recruiting for an internship program. Research shows that 81% of companies say diversity hiring is a priority for them; 56% of startups will focus on recruiting more women in tech, while the majority of companies will focus on recruiting more minorities.
When you want to recruit a diverse fleet of interns but must keep your budget in check, consider these ways to nab diverse internship candidates for $100 or less:
Use niche posting sites
Behemoth job boards may come with hidden fees or application costs. Push them aside and check out the many niche posting sites out there, some of which cater to your specific industry. Many are even free. Not only can you reach students and young professionals quickly; you'll also find that many niche boards have club and university partnerships, which can increase your reach.
Hold a virtual career fair
Many Fortune 1000 companies, startups and nonprofit organizations go to career fairs, but that they can leave a huge dent in your wallet. Many require you to register ahead of time, asking for dues you may not have. Though it still remains one of the top ways to source diverse internship candidates, think about going a different way.