internships

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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tell us your worst intern horror stories

Some interns are awesome. Others are not. As we near the end of summer internship season, I want to know about your worst intern stories: the interns who behaved badly, disruptively, unprofessionally. I especially want to hear your stories if that intern was you. Share in the comments. Spare no detail.

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our intern is driving everyone crazy!

With summer internship season in full swing, you might be thrilled with your office’s crop of interns – or you might be counting down the days until summer ends and they return to school. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about some of the common difficulties you might encounter with your office’s […]

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how to get the most out of your summer interns

If you have summer interns, have you relegated them to filing and fetching coffee because you’re not sure if you can trust them with real assignments? At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about how to set up a structure that lets you give your interns meaningful, useful work and helps them learn (and then […]

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how to save your summer internship from sucking

With summer internships now in full swing, what should you do if your internship is starting to feel like a dud – if you’re bored, or doing different work than you were promised, or struggling to make ends meet on intern pay? At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about some of the most […]

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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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