internships

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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I have an awful summer intern, and I can’t fire him

A reader writes: I’m reaching out to request advice on an intern problem. As background, I’m a young-looking woman with a professional degree who works in the charitable arm of a prestigious, for-profit teapot firm. I have three interns this summer, one of whom is in a professional degree program, and the others are still […]

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when internships go bad: stories of the world’s worst interns

When summer internships wrap up in the next few weeks, most offices will end up missing their interns – but a few will be relieved to see them go. I recently asked readers to share their worst experiences with interns, and y’all delivered. At U.S. News & World Report today, I rounded up eight of the most […]

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