Internships are an excellent opportunity for students to learn from companies and employers who have a greater knowledge of what students may be interested in. As an intern, you will most likely experience situations that you won’t agree with, as well as experiences that you really enjoy. The helpful thing to remember is that internships are the training ground for occupational success, and that all days might not be perfect. Hopefully you will never experience an internship similar to The Devil Wears Prada, but if you do, here are some helpful tips to evaluate your next step in handling the situation or to fix the problem.
1. Be an optimist
Is your experience as bad as you say it is? Try to look on the bright side and determine if you have gained any helpful advice, contacts, or experience. Sometimes bad experience is even helpful experience because you can learn from mistakes and situations that you might not want to be a part of again.
2. Talk to someone
Most internships require you to earn college credit, which means that you have an adult advisor that oversees your internship experience. They might be able to offer some quality advice on how to handle confronting the right people, and how to respond to authority. They can also act as an advocate, and take action on your behalf.
3. Is it you or them?
We are quick to put the blame on the company, but it is important to take a long hard look at ourselves, and consider why things aren’t going well. Am I arriving on time? Am I asking to help when I have nothing going on? Am I listening and responding with efficiency to my supervisors? All of these things and more can contribute to an unhappy boss if you are not performing well, and this may effect your personal experience.
This blog post was written by Molly Dodd, our Campus Ambassador from Southeastern University.