my internship advisor mocked me and is now freezing me out

July 30, 2013

A reader writes: I’m a summer intern in a very relaxed office at a very friendly but large company. There’s a full-time employee who informally advises the team of interns — he’ll check in on our project, offer his advice, help guide us to the information we need, etc. He’s got a very dry sense […]

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why unpaid internships should be legal

July 1, 2013

Last month’s ruling that Fox Searchlight broke the law by not paying its interns has reignited a battle that has already been brewing over unpaid internships. While federal law has long prohibited unpaid internships unless the net benefit is to the intern, not the employer, the reality is that unpaid internships that don’t meet that […]

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how to fit into office culture during an internship … when you’ve been disinvited from the staff retreat

June 19, 2013

A reader writes: I’m in the midst of a career change and have been interning part time at a local university. It’s been a great experience so far for me — I enjoy the work and my colleagues a great deal, but I can’t shake the feeling like I might not be fitting into the […]

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frustrated that I’m having trouble turning my internship into a job

March 21, 2013

A reader writes: I am beginning to feel very frustrated with the nonprofit organization that I have been interning for the past six months. My internship is supposed to end this Friday and the organization does not allow for internships to last more than six months. This January, I was told about a new part-time […]

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internship won’t let me use my work samples in a portfolio

February 12, 2013

A reader writes: I intern at a high-end design company where we create one-of-a-kind visual art. I am an unpaid intern. The studio manager has told me that despite me creating artwork for the company, I have no rights to use it in my portfolio ever. She also said that many of the techniques I’ve […]

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advice for interns: uninvolved managers, attending more meetings, and more

December 17, 2012

InternMatch asked me to take a stab at answering some of the questions they hear a lot from interns, specifically: How do you deal with uninvolved managers? I’m not getting enough projects assigned to me, and when I ask for direction, I get vague assignments that I’m not sure how to carry out. I want […]

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my internship ended last week, but they’re still giving me work

December 10, 2012

A reader writes: I just finished an internship last week and sent my last project to my supervisor. My supervisor e-mailed me and asked me to add information to the project that he hadn’t mentioned I needed to include before. It’d probably take me at least three hours to do it. The internship was unpaid, […]

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how to tell an interviewer that I’m better than what I’ve shown

December 5, 2012

A reader writes: What is the best way to say in an internal job interview that I don’t think I’ve shown the company my best work yet? I’ve been an unpaid intern for a couple of months at this organization where I have an interview. I have it on good confidence that my interview is […]

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should I bind all my internship work into a book for my manager?

September 17, 2012

A reader writes: I am currently doing an internship at a finance company. It is more of a learning experience than anything else, since I am new to everything under finance. I am learning a lot and am so grateful for the experience. Since I am new to finance, I am mainly asked to do […]

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how do I tell an employer I’d need a stipend to do an internship?

September 13, 2012

A reader writes: A connection of mine, through my alma mater, sent on my resume for an internship gig. A couple days later, the internship guy (Bob) contacted me for an interview the following week. Yesterday I went on this interview, and he gave me the internship right on the spot, to start next Wednesday. […]

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