I know we all just got back from Spring Break, but before we know it (and before weâ€™re ready), summer is going to creep up and be here sooner than we think! You know what that means? Itâ€™s time to start looking for an internship for the summer, if you havenâ€™t already!
Okay so youâ€™ve found a position of interest. You email the company and they ask for your resume, so you send it to them. They love you, so you get the gig. Thatâ€™s all great, but there are some etiquette rules you should know when youâ€™re at the office. Even if youâ€™re only getting coffee, there are still some rules of the road you need to follow so that you actually keep your internship, and maybe even get a referral for a job in the future.
College Candy has composed a list of what NOT to do as an intern. Read it. Memorize it. Live by it.
Looking at porn in the office: Really? Are you that in need of a 3 p.m. pick-me-up? If so I think we have a larger issue to deal with. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with porn, but letâ€™s keep that habit at home, K?
Turning down assignments: When youâ€™re an intern, youâ€™re gonna get a lot of really boring assignments. But if you do enough of those really boring assignments, you will get to do some really amazing ones. Turn down those assignments and, well, youâ€™re an idiot. You are an intern and your job is to do the crappy work. Not because youâ€™re some slave or something, but because not doing it shows your boss that youâ€™re not willing to put in the hard work to move up. And that, for those of you not getting the point, is not a good message to send.
Using social media to vent: Itâ€™s PUBLIC, duh.
Showing up hungover: Itâ€™s one thing to be hungover at work (hey, it happens); itâ€™s quite another to be clutching a Gatorade with your head in the trash can under your desk.
Painting your nails at your desk: Or doing anything that screams, â€œIâ€™m not here to work hardâ€ (or stinks up the entire office). Whatâ€™s more important to you: perfect cuticles or finding a job that allows you to support yourself so you donâ€™t have to live in your parentsâ€™ basement for years after you graduate?
Wearing a mini-skirt and no undies: Not only is that just plain wrong, but imagine how uncomfortable it is to have naked vajay on leather. Yipes.
Using AIM/GChat at work: Okay, so you shouldnâ€™t be talking to your friends at workâ€¦.but everyone obviously does. So just be careful. You donâ€™t want to accidentally send your boss an IM meant for your BFF. You know, the one discussing your one-night-stand from last nightâ€¦ in graphic detail.
Disappearing: If you arenâ€™t being paid, you may feel that itâ€™s okay to take a 4-hour lunch break. Um, itâ€™s not. Especially if you come back from this said lunch break intoxicatedâ€¦or carrying an armful of shopping bags.
Swearing: When asked to do something, â€œAbsolutelyâ€ is a good response. â€œF*ck yeah!â€ is not. And â€œThat sounds sh*ttyâ€ is really not.
Again, these things may seem obvious to you, but clearly some people need a refresher course.