Reading Response

In the article, “How to Make Most of your Internship” by Susan Adams notes one of the biggest anxieties new interns, such as myself, might face within new workplaces that being, left out. I was also afraid that I’d be given menial task such as printer and lunch fetching duties. However during my internship experience at the New York State Senator’s office I found that I was given both menial day-to-day task and important deadline assignments. I can also attest to Marcie Hirsch’s advice on how to avoid menial work by emailing your supervisor on personal expectations of the internship. I did something along the lines of telling my supervisor the objectives I was looking for and they encouragingly allowed me to work on several different projects.

 

In Derek Thompson’s article, “ The Thing Employers Look for When Hiring Recent Graduates” lets readers know that internship experience when hiring recent graduates is the most important component to an applicant. Personally I always assumed that your school’s reputations as well as your GPA were the most important factors employers are looking for during the hiring process. The article also states that Media and Communication companies find internship extremely meaningful, which is great to hear considering Baruch, makes their Bachelor of Arts students take up an internship in order to graduate. Through out my college career I always heard my older peers say they use almost nothing they learned at school at work and this article voices their sentiments.

 

In Jacquelyn Smith’s article, “15 Ways to Stand out as an Intern” she musters up a list of key ways to be a great intern. To my surprise I already do 13 out of the 15 recommendations, the other two being #4 “Having a “just in case’ outfit” and #15 “Ask for feedback”. I’ve not yet had a wardrobe malfunction at work but I’ll keep #4 in mind. However #15 I feel is a piece of advice that went way over my head because I get so involved with the work I assume that they would correct me if I did something wrong. Although my bosses have not scolded me for doing bad work I should show them that I know that here is a chance my work can be better given their guidance. That type of self-checking I think would reassure them that I know I could always become better and faster. To be noted I learned in my previous internship that #14 “Keep tabs on your accomplishments” is extremely important because not only will you remember the impact you had as a worker in a company but you can now add those specific accomplishments to your cover letter and resume.

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