The Wall Street Journal: Help wanted? Eureka!
Shawn Boyer set out to help a friend find a job. He ended up creating a new one for himself.
Back in 1999, his friend came to him with a problem. She was getting a doctorate in an obscure liberal-arts field, and finding an internship was a challenge. Mr. Boyer, just a couple of years out of law school himself, agreed to help with some online investigating.