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Questions tagged [internship]

Temporary employments to gain work experience. Generally internships are done during college.

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Is it acceptable to slack off and how can I get more work to do?

I am an intern at a software development company. I often find myself slacking off, which I tried to justify by thinking it was because I am only assigned one task and there is no pressure or ...
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What are some best practices for creating an internship opportunity?

I'm in the fun position of getting to do some pie in the sky planning and advice giving. I certainly have my own opinions, but wanted to get ideas from the community. Here's some useful facts: the ...
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How can I get off on the right foot with a new intern?

I'm tasked with training the new intern who is about to start on my team. I've never trained anyone before; how can I ensure we get off to a good start? I want him to feel like he can come to me with ...
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Should my resume list work experience from unrelated fields?

I am about to apply for some internship programs and I was wondering what should I put in my resume in regards to work experience. I am a junior level student majoring in Computer Science but I don't ...
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How can I gauge a company's culture before I begin working there? [duplicate]

I took on an internship at a software company several months ago. When I interviewed and visited the office, everybody was very nice and I felt I would fit in. As time has passed, I think people have ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a fulltime offer after the end of my internship?

I am about to graduate, and I have received some offers, some of which are for full-time, while some are for internships. The offer from the company that I want to work for the most is, unfortunately, ...
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I feel unqualified for my job - what is the right thing to do?

This September, I will be going into the third year of my electrical & computer engineering degree. After first year, I applied for an internship at a local development company and was lucky ...
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Negotiation for Fulltime Conversion After Internship [closed]

How should one who has held multiple internships with a large company of 50k+ employees negotiate salary on eventual full-time job offers (having documented excellent performance via internal systems)?...
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How can I ask for more tasks to do?

I'm halfway into my 4-month internship at a software development company of 50+ employees. So far I've have done every task they have assigned to me, but they're fairly small tasks, so I'm constantly ...
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How important is a recommendation letter for the employer?

I applied for an internship opportunity with several private companies, and one of them got back to me over the phone. During the conversation, the HR manager mentioned in passing that they were ...
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Unpaid Internship (USA) Employer Requirements

What are obligations/responsibilities a volunteer/non-profit organization desiring to have an unpaid internship position should consider? Note: this pdf from the department of labor discusses what ...
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How do I address a cover letter if I can't find out who is responsible for hiring?

I am trying to write a cover letter for an IT internship at an energy company, but cannot find any information on who is responsible for hiring interns. How do I address the cover letter?
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Intern - how to deal with situation when my current project is on hold and I do not have more tasks to do in software industry?

I'm currently a software development intern, and I've been in this company for almost 2 years. I really enjoy the office atmosphere here. My supervisor gives me a lot of space and freedom in terms of ...
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Applying for an American internship as a foreign student living in Germany

I am a Bosnian student living (and being born) in German, yet I didn't want to get the German citizenship. Currently I am studying computer science and mathematics nearing my Bachelor's degree. In my ...
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How do I deal with non-responsive recruiters for internships?

A little background: I'm a CS junior at college and I've been lucky enough to be at an exciting internship program with an amazing company, but I'm extremely irritated at the application process for ...
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How to ask to continue with employer after an internship?

I'm currently working as an intern as a software developer working on a new application for the company. The scope of the project is very large and I have barely scratched the surface in the short ...
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Including in-progress digital coursework on a resume

I am currently applying to internships and I am in my sophomore year of college. I meet all job requirements for a job except for one major one which is AngularJS. I am enrolled in course for ...
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Is it appropriate to ask if I'll be offered a full time position after my internship? [duplicate]

So it's my final week at my internship (it's been 6 weeks) and I'm unsure of whether to wait until my boss brings it up or to go ahead and suggest a chat regarding after my internship has ended. I'm ...
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Should I reply to unsolicited recruitment emails?

As a university student with 4 month internship experience in telecommunication corp before, I received an email from one of the mobile & wireless related company (I did submit my resume to them ...
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How can I inquire about an internship at a company that doesn't offer them in my area?

I'm looking into applying for a software engineering internship at Intuit Canada, but upon visiting the company's career page I've found that they do not offer Canadian internships (with my next best ...
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In an exit interview, (how) do I tell my manager about my replacement's lack of skills?

I'm a software engineering co-op that's finishing my term in the next few days. I've worked solo on a decently sized project that seems to have garnered some interest from my co-workers. I really like ...
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Are endorsements for skills on LinkedIn something that HR people look at?

I am a senior at a University and soon I will be looking for a full time job as Software Engineer (hopefully). I was wondering - how critical are endorsements on LinkedIn? It seems that one's ...
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Is it appropriate to negotiate for an internship position?

I tried to find a clearcut answer to this question, but after searching for a while on the site I decided to post it. I've read through many informative answers on general salary negotiations and have ...
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Code of conduct/best behaviours between the mentor and the mentee [closed]

As an intern at a software company, I always wondered what the code of conduct is between the mentor and the mentee. There were times when I reached the thin line of appearing too "in-your-face" and ...
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When is it appropriate to ask how much I will be paid as an intern?

I applied for several internships (iOS development/programming internship if relevant) where the majority of those internships are paid or have stipends. When is the proper time to ask how much the ...
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How to include not-launched-startup experience in resume?

On June 2012, two of my friends (let's say john and smith) and I worked full time on building a mobile application from scratch. Long story short, john left the team in July, and smith and I did not ...
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Leaving an internship early?

So, I undertook an internship abroad as as I wanted a challenge and something which would look great on my CV. It's for a year, and I'm around 6 months in, but recently I've been having mixed ...
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How to handle mistakes during internship?

I am into my second month of my internship, however, over the past few weeks, I have been making numerous mistakes (overlooking to print certain materials and as a result having to deliver it ...
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What should I do when not being paid the agreed amount?

I am working on a temporary job that was suppose to be a stipend of X amount. I am now being paid Y which is 10% less than X as well as a retirement plan being taken out of my pay that I did not agree ...
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Multiple Internships as a Student

I am a second year student and I'd like to ask about internships. I'm not entirely sure yet what sub-branch of my field I want to pursue later and what I would like is to have as many internships as ...
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As an intern, is it wrong to stay silent? [closed]

I'm an intern for 6 weeks as programmer (theoretically) - this is my first working experience ever and I'm unsure about a lot of things. The last 4 working days (I started on the 1st of June) were ...
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What criteria should I use to pick an out-of-the-office team-building activity?

I'm managing one of a team of interns at our office this summer. My company sees internships as a chance for us to promote our company and recruit good candidates. They have put me in charge of ...
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Explaining incorrect responses during interviews, should we do it?

I recently wrapped up an interview with a very young and unprepared internship candidate. He got a lot of the questions wrong, even the very easy ones, and would frequently inquire about how to solve ...
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Have I blown my internship offer?

I received a congratulatory email (not a contract) for an internship, specifying the date, salary, etc, and asked if they want me to "get the paperwork raised". I sent back saying, "sounds great!", ...
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How to apply for engineering internships at 16? [closed]

I'm a 16 year old aspiring aerospace engineer, and I'm looking for a brief summer internship (4-6 weeks) at an engineering-related company in order to gain experience. I find that most companies only ...
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Should a resume mention full-time offers as the result of an internship?

I recently completed an internship at a large company that makes full-time offers to a very high percentage of its interns. I received an offer and declined it, but I don't want people to think that I ...
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Following up after company said they would hire me

I had an interview at a company about a month ago. They initially said they'd contact me within a week. After 10 days of silence, I wrote them asking about the status of my application. They said that ...
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As an intern, how to ask for a permanent job?

I've been interning at an almost medium size company for a year (full time in the Summer months and part-time during school). I've been moved around from training, to sales operations due to some ...
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How does one list “full time and part time” on a resume?

I was offered an internship many years back which turned into part-time work... in which I resumed full time work. Now, I'm working part-time again. I do full time work during the summers, so I'm 4 ...
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How inappropriate to ask for a day off during internship

I will soon start a 2 months internship, in a financial software company. However, I may need to take a day off and take some on site interviews to an other company, 2 weeks after starting. I am ...
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Surfing Internet & Reading Book is OK when there's nothing to do? [duplicate]

It has been 1 week since I joined the work. But still no tasks are assigned. Should I inform to manager?
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Is it normal to take lots of breaks in a programming job?

I currently have an internship and I've been assigned to a single project and that project alone. While I'm usually several weeks ahead of schedule and put a lot of thought and detail into my work, I ...
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How to deal with an intern's lack of basic skills?

Due to some internal reorganization, now my team includes a new intern. Since I'm the technical and team lead, it's up to me to bring the new guy up to speed with how we work and what we need to do ...
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Making a job offer to a candidate while privately advising them to decline

I work at a small technology company (12 employees). This past summer I managed a bright, talented intern (a rising college senior) who did great work. My boss (the CEO) and others in the company ...
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How to network to the CEO as an intern?

I'm an intern at a well-known technology company. It isn't ridiculously big (like Google or Facebook) where I would barely see chief level executives every once in a while. Here, I do every so often. ...
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How to be productive on a 9 to 5 work environment as a new programmer? [closed]

I am a master student currently doing my Internship in a software development field. This is my first work experience and one thing that I notice is the fact that it is difficult to always concentrate ...
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How to take over an intern's task without him feeling defeated?

Background: I was an intern at my current place of work for a year, until May when I was hired in full time. I am a programmer and I develop mostly mobile apps, but some web apps as well. Since then, ...
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How long should I wait for an e-mail when applied for an internship

I am a student and applied for internship in 4-5 companies few days ago. But, I haven't received any response so far. So, my questions are: How many day should I wait for an E-Mail before assuming ...
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Company screwed up; asked to forge time sheet [closed]

I was working for a good company for over a year as an hourly intern. Recently, I was transferred to a full-time salary position after accepting an offer from the company. The pay raise is significant....
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How do I argue for a 3-day, 30 hour workweek?

I am currently working full time as an intern, but now want to switch to 3-days-a-week in the fall. It is to continue finishing my graduate studies. However, the VP who is 2 levels above me doesn't ...