A Million Reasons: Intern Dos and Dear God, Don’ts

  • August 2, 2012
  • INK Team

This blog is coming from Hadley, our intern, who is celebrating her last day in the office. Follow her on Twitter @HadleyMillion

As my time comes to a close here at INK I’ve found myself reminiscing about the last two months, and have collected small nuggets of wisdom from INK that are important to pass on to every intern in need. I would like to call these glorious nuggets the “dos and dear God, don’ts” of being an intern.

The most important DO on this list is to check and recheck all of your writing. It was rather embarrassing when I was assigned to make several graphs for a PowerPoint to be presented to a client, only to have it brought to my attention (before it was actually submitted to the client) that I had committed the greatest of PR sins and misspelled a word. If I had remembered the golden rule of PR this crime would have never occurred.

DO send emails with a concise and applicable subject line, and make sure you’ve included the appropriate recipients for the email.

DON’T complain about your job on Facebook, Twitter, or any sort of social media channel. It seems like a no brainer, but sadly, I have known a few who don’t have a handle on this tip. Whatever you do—it doesn’t matter if you’ve been asked to make coffee, copy company papers, or do someone else’s dirty work—it’s wise to avoid lamenting to Facebook about your inner turmoil.

DO ask questions if you’re not sure of an assignment rather than winging it only to realize your interpretation of the assignment was wrong.

DON’T ask a question without first using resources like Google to see if it can be easily answered.

DO take initiative and ask to be involved in projects that are challenging or intriguing to you. This initiative will show that you’re willing to contribute and be a part of the team. It might even get you some brownie points later on when in need of an awesome recommendation or job offer.

DO take notes, make sure you know your deadline, and remember your mistakes, and DON’T repeat them. These tips will come in handy anytime you’re trying to complete a project with the least amount of errors.

DO dress for the occasion. If you’re wearing holey jeans and a t-shirt to a client meeting, it may diminish your professional stature.

As I leave, I hope these tips will be helpful to everyone in their future endeavors. Hopefully next time you find yourself itching to complain to Facebook about your boring job, you’ll remember these wise words and step away from the keyboard.

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