The Common challenges new Interns Face

Take a Rational Approach to Problems

The learning curve associated with a new job is steep, and there will inevitably be mishaps early in the process. Learn to ask questions, take a logical approach to any situation, and try not to jump to conclusions or take anything personally as you attempt to resolve concerns.

You’ll Be Assigned the Grunt Work

First, remember that in most intern programs, people believe you should pay your dues as an intern before getting a full-time job. There is much to learn about an organization, its people, its mission, the clientele it serves, and much of that learning takes place while doing the run-of-the-mill work.

You May Not Be Compensated for Your Work

Some internships do not offer pay for work. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, if the company is a “for-profit” company, and you are classified as an employee, you are generally entitled to be paid for your work.

  1. The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee — and vice versa
  2. The extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by educational institutions
  3. The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern’s formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit
  4. The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar
  5. The extent to which the internship’s duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning
  6. The extent to which the intern’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern
  7. The extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship

You Might Become Overwhelmed

It is not unusual for interns to feel overwhelmed, and many are certainly given a heavy load with minimal training. Persevere in the early stages, and give yourself some time to come up to speed.

Little or No Feedback Creates a Challenge

Regular evaluations are vital for all employees, but particularly for interns and entry-level candidates. Employees need to know if they are doing a good job or if something needs to change. Many employers overlook the need for feedback with their interns, which places the onus on you to seek it out.

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Try to have a good time while you are experiencing your internship. An internship is a trial, and although serious, you can have a rewarding time. Too often people get so caught up in trying to impress everyone that they forget to be themselves and live a little.

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