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This Internship Was Creepy

November 1, 2010

Gather round, children. In the spirit of Halloween, I feel compelled to share my Intern Horror Story with all you interns who complain about having to ferry donuts. As I blow a fistful of glowing embers into the air, follow me across the sea to dreary house in southeast London, January, 2007, where I was to meet my boss for a four-month journalism internship set up by a university-affiliated study abroad program. The internship was for an international finance/offshore banking magazine that the publisher, a well-dressed Caribbean man with a moderate accent, claimed had about 30 employees. Through the following loose quotes, which I am recalling from memory and translating into their actual meaning, I hope to paint a picture of how things unfolded. “We are in the process of moving between offices.' = You’ll be working alone in my living room while I run errands. Sometimes, you will hear [...]

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Sweet Tweets

October 29, 2010

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JFF (just for fun)

October 29, 2010

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The modern office stapler is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is a violent steel machine of piercing authority dressed in well-mannered plastic. The stapler lives a solitary existence, grazing upon desks or drawers, too functionally unique to dwell among pencils, pens or sticky notes. Hunched in a wide and powerful stance, a metal snarl hovers precipitously over its base, striking fear into any object that challenges its gleaming straits. Today, we honor this unsung business hero with the advent of a new weekly Facebook poll: “Will It Staple?' The premise is simple. Each Thursday, we’ll show you a picture of an item commonly found around the office (via our Facebook page), and ask you if you think it can be affixed via staple to The Very Important Eight-Page Report. Comment on the image and, if you choose correctly, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win an Internships.com [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week: a school psychologist who wishes to remain anonymous ;,,) 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? The school psychologist situation is a bit different than most in that an internship is required (1200 hours) in order to be granted one’s graduate degree. The bulk of potential interns come from a psych or education background and most programs have students go through as a cohort taking the same classes in the same progression, so there isn’t always a lot of diversity to set people apart from one another. So depending on the demographics of the districts where they’re looking to intern, I would say bilingualism gives some interns a leg up and any “above and beyond” certifications like being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst is a bonus too. Oh, and enthusiasm plus a willingness to adapt to new things [...]

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Hey all! If you consider yourself to be a planner like I do, then you’ve already started to think about what you plan on doing next summer. If you aren’t thinking ahead of time, then I suggest that you should! Before you know it, the fall semester will be over, and the Spring semester will be well under way. Now whether you plan on studying abroad over the summer, going to summer school, or spending your afternoons by the pool or at the beach, you can still make a summer internship a part of your experience. Here are a few ways how… Study Abroad? Experiencing the culture of another country for a long period of time is exciting, and can be a valuable experience in your journey of self-development. Just imagine interning in another country with a company in the field of your choice. International job experience will give you [...]

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Sweet Tweets

October 22, 2010

Carpe Diem, Week X Seize The Day Interns! Here are this weeks Sweet Tweets… @SerenK: You are interns, grunts, nobodies, bottom of the surgical food chain. @AliKira: RT @EighteenBridges: The editor has agreed to leave our social media strategy to me and the interns, explaining “I don’t know all that much about flutter.' @700ftceiling: @2degreesoflife Those stools look mighty uncomfortable. Poor interns. First they don’t get paid, now this. ;,,) @_Suckerfree: I though looking for a job was hard, but interns are harder to find! @Antjackson305: So the internship is only hell when the boss is here… hmmm… i think i‘ll ask for his schedule! Lol @NicoleAzat: got an internship at the hospital as an interpreter bahahahaha. I told the guy i didnt know how to speak arabic. @ZachlsWeird: The construction of the pyramids and the picking of cotton and tobacco in 19th Century America were also called unpaid internships. #payme @Prismera: I [...]

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Step up, ladies. It’s time to review this fall’s lukewarm-est workplace fashions — the type of phenomena you will never see on a catwalk, but very well might see on Sam, the 48-year old cat lady spinster in HR. Cardigans. If your internship is a war, cardigans are your fatigues. They are the kind of standard-issue women’s office fashion that turns the Jenna Fischers of this world into Pam Beeslys. If you’d rather call attention to your personal qualities and efficiency than your bodacious rack, you can never have too many of them. Taupe. Forest Green. Crimson. Gold Medal Ribbon. Terra Cotta. Whatever. Flats. These poorly reinforced shoes have become a fashion staple in casual work environments, probably because they’re comfortable, cheap and can be assembled in less than five minutes in Malaysia. Sometimes they have cute little bows on them, which make them ideal for lounging under Christmas trees. [...]

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Attention college students- It’s about that time of the year again…midterm season.  Every academic year, around the middle of the semester, or quarter, college students everywhere are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of pressure to do well on midterm exams and papers. On top of this stressful chain of occasions, they must also continue to perform well at any internship(s) that they may have! Often times around this time of year, I find myself wondering how I’m going to fit in three times more of the study time into my currently jam packed schedule. Before I was introduced to the beauty of time management, I would have said that packing in more study time was impossible, and that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Here are a few tips to manage your time wisely… Buy a planner/agenda! Having a book to write down all of your homework, meetings, work [...]

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