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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 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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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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Is it reasonable to expect overtime from unpaid interns?

I am a unpaid intern at a tech company and several weeks ago I had my first performance evaluation. While my manager told me that the code I had been submitting was excellent and that my work was more ...
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How to handle interns' unprofessional behavior?

I am a software developer in a small company (a few dozen employees). We have a summer internship going on. The interns are college students with no professional experience and with rather basic ...
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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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How to handle being asked to automate jobs as a temp worker

I have been working as a temporary worker at a large ($13+ billion/yr) company for some time now. My job is a typical $15/hr office job where I do paperwork, place orders and bill people. At some ...
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My previous employer has asked me to fix a bug in code that I wrote for them

My previous employer wants me to fix a bug in the code I wrote while I was working for them. Should I provide assistance to them—on contract (paid) or for free—despite the fact I am no longer working ...
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Interns I'm training don't care and it affects my performance

I work as a software developer and I was recently given responsibility for training 5 interns. As part of their college course, they have to complete an internship for 8 months for course credit. The ...
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Manager favors personal friend in the office; should I notify HR?

One of the team managers hired one of his personal friends as an intern (A). His team has another intern as well, Intern B. He very obviously favors intern A, giving him all the 'cool jobs', takes ...
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Is there anything too menial to be done by an intern?

I am a student, currently interning at a fairly new startup. (I am amongst the first 10 employees). I have a role of a software developer there and the work for the most of it is very good. The pay is ...
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Should I stop flexing my working hours?

I am doing an unpaid internship as a requirement for my college degree. When I started I was told that working hours are from 8:00 to 16:00 and I perfectly kept to that schedule for some days. ...
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How to gain motivation to do “boring” work?

I am an intern at an auditing firm. Completing this internship is mandatory to become a qualified chartered accountant. I like this profession, but sometimes I have to do boring jobs for which I have ...
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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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Politely avoid/decline handshake due to arthritis and maintaining privacy regarding a medical condition

I "know someone" who has arthritis and because they are young most people never think of it when approaching her/him with a handshake. Sometimes a gentle squeeze is enough to bring tears. This person ...
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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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Invited to staff photoshoot, but I'm resigning soon

I work part time two days a week. I've been invited to a staff photoshoot taking place tomorrow, on a day I don't normally work. In most cases I'd go, but I've got another job lined up for January, so ...
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I canceled my internship last-minute. Can I expect bridges to be burnt?

I had been talking to company A about doing an internship there. I had several concerns regarding the assignment but I needed it fast, so I applied anyway and got accepted. I agreed to start the ...
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How to tell company that you will be leaving after one day of joining a remote unpaid internship

I started working as a remote(work-from-home) intern at a very young startup. The internship is for 3 months and I just learned I will have to attend a 3-hour meeting every night. For every meeting ...
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How can I ask my manager if he is upset at me

I work as an software engineering intern in my free time and summers at a small startup. Management has consistently asked me to continue, giving me several raises. However, for some time my direct ...
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Is using internet proxies a sackable offence? [closed]

I'm based in the UK and am about six months into my first job as an Apprentice Software Dev, and came straight into it from college. All through high school and college we would easily bypass the ...
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Asking logistics questions during an Interview?

Background: I am sophomore college student currently working on my way towards a computer engineering degree. Despite being very young, I have 3 years experience with a Fortune 500 software company, ...
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End of my internship - The company wants to keep me but in another department

In a few weeks I will finish my internship at a small IT company. The internship has lasted for seven months in which I was trained and worked for the web department, mainly on web applications. ...
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How to handle senior developer shirking his work and giving it to interns instead of doing it?

This is a pretty specific situation. We are two interns working on a project for a few months and we are about to finish our internship. A senior developer has been designated to continue the project ...
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Offloading Interns to a New Junior Developer

I just found out yesterday that we're getting three interns this coming Monday and that my boss is offloading them onto me. I was a TA and tutor for several years in college, so I genuinely enjoy ...
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Should I raise concerns about the quality of work an intern is producing?

I am a developer in a small team of 3 developers and one intern. The intern is on a 12 week contract with us. He has been assigned a small project however he has very little development experience. ...
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How to handle another intern from the same school lying to leave work early?

I'm currently doing an internship while being a student. The company I'm at has always hired interns from my school and given them good projects, it's really a big opportunity for students. Another ...
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Unpaid CS internship: am I being screwed over? [closed]

I'm currently doing an unpaid "software engineering" internship in the UK and I'm extremely disappointed. I went in with the expectation that I would be working in a team, have regular code reviews, ...
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How to show an update made to a software application coded by a senior as an intern?

My internship mission consists in recoding an entire software which was coded 8 years ago by a current senior developer of the company in another language. The only trouble is that I changed the ...
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As a highly skilled intern with previous work experience, can I tell my boss I want non-trivial work?

I am slated to begin a summer internship at a very competitive software company this summer, and I was recently contacted by my future boss with a list of possible projects to work on. Unfortunately, ...
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Should I bring attention to my boss about arriving late?

Context I'm in a half-time, remunerated (extracurricular) internship as the result of a collaboration between my university and this company. I was recently extended three months to finish a project. ...
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Is it okay to quit internship? [closed]

I have a problem and I don't know how to deal with it. Currently, I am a non-paid intern at a mid-sized company. The internship is really hard for me and my mentor isn't supportive at all. I feel ...
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Underperforming in internship (very very bad experience) [closed]

This is my first work experience, and I am very upset with my performance. I am a few weeks into finishing a three-month internship and have been told I have been underperforming. I worked for two ...
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How do I let my employer know I'm not interested in a return offer?

I'll be finishing up in my internship soon and I am not interested in a return offer. Problem is, the CEO is a family friend and I don't know how to tell him that I'm not interested in receiving a ...
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Should an intern expect quality from the workplace?

I work in the IT department of a large company. My department does consultancy for other IT companies, and my internship is focused on software testing, quality assurance and assisting my coworkers ...
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How to thank internship supervisor and their boss for not firing me?

I had an internship this summer and for the first half of the summer I kind of blew it. I was constantly late and overall just a bad employee. I would have fired me and plenty of other people in HR ...
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Can an ex-friend sabotage my career? [closed]

So, I recently got an offer from my dream company for a software engineering summer internship, and graciously accepted. I have an ex-friend who is incredibly vindictive and has been known to do ...
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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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Candidates that are late for interviews? [closed]

Recently interviewed an intern where they: did not have any commercial experience and was eager to gain it. lacked theoretical understanding of software engineering principles. (I expected this) ...
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Working with another intern who does nothing? [duplicate]

I'm working as a software engineering intern at a corporate company. I'm ecstatic for this opportunity and trying my hardest to read code, ask questions, make mistakes and learn. However, I'm paired ...
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How to communicate by phone that I won't consider an internship position?

My situation is pretty unusual: I graduated about 1 year ago and since then I get called about 1 - 2 times per month by companies that get my phone number from the school from which I graduated. They ...
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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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Office Space Dilemma For My Interns

I would like to get around five interns (for programming and digital designing purposes) to work with me and actually like to push them to become skilled workers and then hire them later on. I'm ...
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Bad review for my first internship - not convinced!

I am in the middle of my first ever internship in the computer field. I just got a final performance review from my immediate project lead who happens to be a contractor who joined along with us. ...
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Maths beyond my ability to do efficiently, do I ask for help or take the time to solve it myself? [duplicate]

I was hired as an intern software developer and I'm finding myself in a situation of working with a lot of complicated physics formulas and being left to figure out the maths by myself. I understand ...
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How to politely ask for my salary at the end of my internship?

Today's the last day of my 3 months internship (as a computer scientist) and I'm supposed to earn ~3.66€/h (~510€/month). The fact is I haven't been paid yet and no one ever talked about money with ...
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Politely asking for more work as an intern

I'm a student in college, currently in my 3rd year of my 4 year study. This year means I have to complete an internship, followed by a minor. I have barely any experience in the language I'm working ...
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How do I ask my boss to pay for an expense?

I'm possibly going to get an internship at a company this summer, and since its a unpaid internship, I have no real way of paying for a bus pass to get to work every day. Is there a way to politely ...
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Intern seems uninterested at work internship [closed]

I have an intern at work right now - I'll name him Kyle - who seems uninterested in the field. He's been here for almost 9 months now. I had provided Kyle some cheatsheets for work, and taught him a ...
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How to handle a silly assignment in internship? [closed]

I'm currently doing an internship at a medium to large sized company, think 100+ employees, spread over multiple countries to give you an idea. My school has sent me a bit of a silly assignment, ...
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Intern couldn't complete the dissertation and failed his exam. Should his manager feel responsible? [closed]

I am currently managing an intern. I found out that he failed his exam because his dissertation project was incomplete. He is indirectly blaming us saying that 3 weeks was not enough time to do his ...