Interns: From "Now" to "Wow"
Make the most of your internship and see your future get brighter
Internships have a reputation of meaning running out for coffee and doing grunt work that no one else wants to do. That doesn't have to be the case. This e-coaching program will guide you on how to ensure your internship is meaningful and productive. Developed by a manager who has hired many interns, this insight to the working world and organizational structure will expedite your career, not only during your internship but the information will serve you well for years to come.
If you are soon starting an internship and thinking to yourself:
- I am excited but scared at the same time
- I am afraid I am not really qualified
- I worry that I will look like an imposter
- I am nervous about the assignments I will get
- I feel awkward starting a job and meeting people
- I am afraid I might be asked to run out for coffee instead of gaining valuable experience
- I am not sure how to dress or act
- I do not want to embarrass myself in any way
- I want to be proud of the experience
If you are already in an internship and experiencing the following:
- A co-worker cuts me out of meetings and projects and takes credit for my work
- My co-workers won't speak to me and make no effort to be friendly or even learn my name
- My boss emails me in the middle of the night
- My boss never talks to me
- My boss hints at my lack of talent
- My boss takes credit for all of my work and prevents higher-ups from seeing what I can do
- My boss doesn't know how to give clear instructions
- I am not trusted to take on more work
- I missed a deadline and was afraid to tell my boss
- I had too much work to do and couldn't keep up
- They were all doing it wrong; I learned how to do it properly in school, but they didn't want to hear about it
- I realized I was not a good fit
In each of these cases, having a resource to go to for guidance would have reduced the problems and empowered you to better handle the situation. The benefit to having that resource is a better internship experience as well as a better experience for the employer.
There is nothing wrong with "learn by doing" and by making mistakes, but we will have plenty of opportunity to make mistakes during our lifetime, so why not benefit from others' experience by taking this e-coaching course and eliminating a few mistakes from our life long list of mistakes?
Get Yourself Started!
Who Should Participate
- Those who participate in internship programs and have no or little work experience
- Any student who is in an internship and experiencing challenges
- Any student who plans on having an internship in the future
- Those who have not yet had a job and want to gain some insight
- Parents who want to gain insight in order to guide their child through an internship
How You Will Benefit
- You will increase your confidence
- You will gain years of experience in minutes
- You will discover how to improve your working relationship with your boss, customers, co-workers
- You will learn how to impress others and gain their trust
- You will fine tune your communication skills
- You will understand body language and its impact
- You will perform the job more effectively
- You will handle difficult situations with more ease
- You will avoid common mistakes so that you get more opportunities
- You will more opportunities means more growth
What You Will Get
- Short lessons in both audio and/or text formats
- Mobile friendly content
- Questions to reflect on and do some DIY coaching
- Activities to apply the techniques you learned to your situation
- Worksheets and Action Plans to download and fill out
A Letter from Nancy
Congratulations! You have an internship or perhaps a first job. I have hired and groomed many interns over the years. Each year at United Nations Development Program, we have taken in interns for a full year of service. It was an honor for them to be there and an honor for us to mentor such bright students.
I have seen some interns impress me and go on to bigger and better, and some who didn’t really want to do anything. It’s true, you get out of it what you put into it. As your manager, I want you to take on challenges! I want to feel like I am investing my time on you for good reason...that you will be a great success in your career as well as will contribute to my company/department. This is your time to learn and to shine, to practice what you are learning in your courses, not to mention your time to learn what they can’t teach you in any college course!
Welcome, and I hope to hear from you about your journey.
"When asked what the biggest takeaway from the experience was: "I think I learned how capable, adaptable, and competent I was."
- Intern Michele, United Nations Development Programme