internships

my intern has a terrible attitude

A reader writes: I’m struggling to figure out how to give feedback to an intern about the constant barrage of criticism she emits. The intern in question, “Alice,” spends one day a week here, along with several other interns, through a graduate-level academic program that will last four years. All of these interns are over […]

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our interns are clueless about our office dress code

A reader writes: I’m a new manager. Each year, the company I work for brings on college students as interns. One thing I have noticed is the lack of following the dress code and unprofessional outfits from the interns. Our industry is on the conservative side and wearing suits and button-downs is expected for everyone, from […]

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how to turn your internship into a full-time job offer

If you’re working in an internship this summer, you might be able to  parlay it into a full-time job offer when the summer is over. Or, if you do things wrong, everyone might just breathe a sigh of relief when the summer ends. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about how interns […]

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how to survive your summer interns

It’s summer internship season, and your office may be getting overrun by summer interns. If you’re being aggravated by these fresh-faced young people who don’t quite know how the work world works yet – or if you’d just like to ensure your interns have a reasonably good experience in your organization – my column today at […]

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I have to fire a highly inept summer intern

A reader writes: Every year the company I work for hires some college students for a three-month internship over the summer. It’s been one month and one of the interns is just not working out. He is not a jerky or malicious person, but he is an annoyance and is a complete hindrance to anyone […]

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our intern told us our ideas were boring and stupid

A reader writes: Recently, my company designated a week for working on any project we want, even if it isn’t necessarily a part of our normal role and with people who we don’t necessarily work with. Some folks and I decided to use this opportunity to organize a series of small morale events for the […]

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my intern is a rude jackass

A reader writes: I’m not a manager, but I could use some outside advice. I’m an entry-level engineer who’s been with this company for just over a year. I’ve found this to be a great place to work with very friendly coworkers and exceptionally accommodating management. I feel I’ve gone out of my way to […]

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