Diary of an Intern, Episode 4: A New Hope

12/12/13 3:00PM

Last week we had our last general meeting of the year – ending 2013 on a high note with a lovely lunch and good news across the board. I may be only a humble intern, but the staff here really treats me like part of the company family. As we wrapped up the year’s remaining business, I built up the courage to suggest we try using mail merge to more easily communicate with our clients. It took only a few seconds for my colleagues to respond, but I was petrified with anxiety; could an intern really be so bold as to suggest such a change? To my surprise, they actually liked the idea and commended me for suggesting it. That was a relief and felt quite empowering.

Just as the general meeting began to wind down, my supervisor invited us all to a company holiday party – a chance for all levels of staff to mingle and unwind over fine dinner and wine. Sharing alcohol with my supervisor? That practically sounds taboo, I thought. Plus, I would have to be mindful of what to say and how to behave so I don’t make a fool of myself in front of my colleagues.  Would I need a suit? How late should I stay? How would I handle personal questions thrown my way? These questions ran through my mind and caused no small amount of anxiety. Still, it is a unique experience to look forward to.

I am very excited for the holiday party and hope that everyone enjoys the holidays and has a great new year.

Diary of an Intern, Episode 1: The First Day

10/15/2013  8:30AM

I can’t believe it. It’s 8:30AM, and instead of being in the office, on the my first day of my internship, I’ve been stuck on the subway at Atlantic Avenue for the last thirty minutes.

That soft female voice repeats for the fifth time, ”There’s train traffic ahead of us. We apologize for any inconvenience.” Inconvenience? Seriously? Inconvenience? My whole future is stuck here, between stations! I remember talking with my friends how important the first impression is, and that it starts with being on time. Now, I myself am late. It is even more upsetting because I actually did all the things they recommend to do before the interview or the first day of work. I mapped my company’s location; I even made a trip there to time how long it would take me to get there from home. I left the house twenty minutes earlier today, and now these twenty minutes don’t matter any more. It is 8:45, and the woman just announced that there is an accident and all trains will be delayed. No phone service, no Internet. I can’t even let my employer know that I am running late. I feel the sweat on my face. So hot and crowded here. The people around me start fidgeting and complaining about the constant train delays. Ok, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!  Please! I want to get out of this car and push it. But the doors are closed.

8:55AM. We are finally moving!!! With a speed of a turtle, the train is bringing me closer to work. Now I’m 40 minutes late; that whole everlasting 40 minutes. What should I tell my employer? Will they think that I overslept and am making all this up as a stupid excuse? Will I automatically get a reputation as an inaccurate and irresponsible person? My first day, first moments, and I’m such a failure.

My stop. Run, Forrest, run!

-Bob The Intern

The Diary of an Intern: A New Starrlights Series!

Dear Fellow Baruch Students!

Are you currently working as an intern?  Are you looking for an internship? We know that many of you have had a chance to go through the whole process of applying, interviewing, and getting internships. Do you still remember that sigh of great relief after getting the offer letter, when it seemed like the whole world was yours?

What about the first day of your internship? How did that feel: nervous, puzzled, and uncertain? While students have a lot of resources to help them through the process of obtaining internships, we think there needs to be more information on how to handle various situations after you actually start your new job.  Wouldn’t it be great to learn from someone else’s internship experience?  With this in mind, we want to introduce you to a person willing to share his own experience.  Please welcome Bob The Intern.

Bob The Intern is a Baruch student who is going to start his internship with Company X next week. Bob has decided to write a diary about his internship experience and is generous enough to allow us to post some of his notes in our blog. We will call his notes “The Diary of an Intern.” In his diary, Bob will share the successes and challenges that he faces and look for the best solutions.  Since we are convinced that two heads are better than one, we highly encourage you to share your advice for Bob in the comments section.

In addition, if you are interested in sharing your personal internship experiences for possible inclusion in Bob’s journey, please e-mail the Starrlights Blog Committee at starrlights.scdc@gmail.com.

We hope you will find “The Diary of an Intern” exciting and helpful.

Best Regards,

Nadya Semenova