internships

I’m an intern managing 8 people

A reader writes: I got hired as an intern 8 months ago, and continued to be trusted with more and more responsibility. About a month ago, I was given an informal title change and responsibility of leading a small team; I manage 8 people and work directly with leads on sister-teams. I wasn’t given a […]

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can I eat at my desk at my first internship?

A reader writes: I’m a college student headed to my first internship this summer and your blog has been so helpful in the preparation for that. I wrote a great cover letter and resume thanks to your advice, which was so different from our career center, and I know that helped me get the position. […]

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am I wrong to refuse to hire coworkers’ kids as interns?

A reader writes: I work for a small, family-owned company.  This summer, I’m in a position to hire a summer student – strictly for the department I work in, and I have been given complete reign in terms of how I conduct the hiring process, including the interview process. Since the summer student in question will […]

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how much guidance should interns need?

A reader writes: We have a very small company and recently took on our first (paid) interns, and we’re having some issues managing. There is regular last-minute calling in/not showing up, other types of behaviors that are not ideal (falling asleep in a “boring” meeting). They also regularly press for permanent jobs, which we directly […]

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my coworker is planning a “CEOs & Office Hoes” party

A reader writes: I am interning at a fairly large nonprofit, one of six interns at the moment. It’s been a great experience so far and I’m learning a lot from my manager, who is in charge of all the interns. However, I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on a problem I’m […]

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what your internship manager wishes you knew

College extracurricular activities and getting good grades are important, but one of the most important things that employers want to see on recent graduates’ resumes is work experience – which for most new grads often means internships. But simply doing an internship or two isn’t enough; you also need to impress while you’re there – and how […]

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I want your updates … and an interview with me

Two things — 1. Listen to an interview with me about internships I’m interviewed on the latest episode of The Money Jar podcast, talking about how to be awesome at your internship — or any job, really. (And this is timely, because I’m hiring an intern. Details coming tomorrow.) You can listen to the interview […]

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my internship advisor mocked me and is now freezing me out

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

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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