Diary of an Intern, Episode 3: Taking Initiative

11/12/13 4:00PM

This morning was horrible. I was stuck on a project again. But thank god! It was finally lunch time! I needed to take a break, otherwise my brain would not function properly and I would never be able to finish this project. I grabbed a can of diet coke and a bowl of salad then went straight to the cafeteria. As expected, there were not that many people there since everyone seemed to be having lunch in front of their computer. But whatever, I was dying.

I looked around and tried to find the best spot. I scanned the whole room and I saw someone. Someone I know, and he was looking at me too. Oh no, that’s my manager Richard! Obviously, he wanted me to sit with him. Bob, your career is officially over. You are probably the laziest person in Richard’s eyes. I finally sat down with him but surprisingly he didn’t blame me for sneaking out for lunch. Instead we ended up talking about the project that I am working on and I just asked him all the questions I had. He explained the project to me thoroughly and we discussed some issues that were debatable. I was so happy since I could finally finish the project. Also I realized that people want to help you, but they are busy too. You just need to know the timing and be patient. Put down all the questions that you have and ask them at a good time. I am finally getting the hang of this internship!

After lunch, everything seemed to go on the right track. Even though some projects that I had were challenging, I managed to finish them on time with help from other co-workers. I also made some close friends and I enjoy my job more now. I feel like I have more control on my job right now so I really want to do something big. I already have some ideas in mind.  I want to make the process for some projects more efficient. I know that we need to send out a lot of emails to clients but the way that they do it is definitely not efficient. We can use mail merge instead. Who should I talk to? How do I make them listen to an intern? What if they don’t like it? God, why is there always problem in front of me?