Questions tagged [internship]

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

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My manager's high expectations are affecting my internship reviews and jeopardising my graduation

TLDR I am concerned that I will fail my internship due to unusually high expectations from my manager. It could be due to the very polished impression I gave on my interview. What steps should I ...
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Lack of chairs in internship office causing discomfort

I'm an intern in a company (let's call it ABC Company) that offers outsourcing for banks, and we work in the banks, we are almost never in the company office, we are about 10 developers working in a ...
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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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How do I make an intern understand the importance of reporting issues?

So, I have an intern/junior at work (the positions are rather fluid) who hardly reports back when issues come up. For example, they had a bunch of task where a script essentially halves the workload ...
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Asking to change my title from intern

I am currently a paid interned doing software development and prototyping. This is my third year doing this. My first year I had a mentor, however he is no longer with the company. Since then I have ...
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Keep in touch with a company located in another country

I am just about to complete an one year exchange student program (in Canada if it matters) that included a internship of 3 months in a private company. I like this company a lot, and on my last week ...
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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 risky to invite a senior member of the company to coffee, if I'm an intern?

According to this site, one good thing for an intern to do is to invite a senior member to coffee and learn from their skills. This sounds a bit unusual. Is it really good advice?
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How can I learn from an internship when I'm not being given hands-on technical work?

My Situation I am an unpaid intern programmer for a new startup. However, I am not being given actual programming work - instead, I have other grunt-work responsibilities that are constantly ongoing ...
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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 should I figure out if I am in trouble if my coworkers stopped reviewing my code?

I'm an intern working on a project with my mentor Alice and other coworkers Bob and Carla. Bob and Carla are the people most familiar with the project. Initially, Bob and Carla were happy to give ...
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Would employers look down on reverse-engineering a game?

I have a hobby of reverse engineering games, specifically to make cheats for them. I want to document the process doing so on my blog, which potential employers will see. I will do so on an old single ...
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Boss wants to extend internship but I can not stay that long

Currently, I am employed as an intern at a company where I am doing the work for my master thesis. The internship was initially limited to six months. As it turns out the thesis will not be finished ...
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Is getting the optimum solution to a coding question from the start a bad thing?

So I was interviewing today with one of the Big 4 tech giants and I was asked an algorithmic question. Before I start explaining my solution, I ran through all the famous data structures in my head ...
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Is it unethical to ask your unpaid film crew to donate to the location?

I've been interning for a small web series gig for about a year. I originally did it to get course credits, and stayed under the promise of eventual pay. There is no budget so nobody is being paid, ...
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How can I prove self studied knowledge to a potential employer?

I am a second year business student who is looking for internships but I don't have a lot of work experience. However, I have completed various personal projects. Furthermore, I have gathered ...
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Taking an extremely impressive internship off my resume

I am graduate student pursuing my masters. In the summer between my college and graduate school, I interned at a very famous company and worked on an extremely fancy sounding project. The internship ...
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How to bring up travel dividend with an employer

I'm a student, currently in my penultimate year of school/first year of sixth form. Earlier this year, I did work experience at a small game developers in London consisting of around 10 employees. I ...
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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 can I evaluate whether a masters degree will benefit my career? [closed]

After successfully completing my Bachelor's degree I decided to do the Masters degree at the same (reputable) university. But before doing my masters degree I decided on doing an internship in a firm....
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How can I ask for help with my handicap not being able to write?

I'm a software engineering student that will be starting an internship soon. But I got a big disability that can't be seen. I can read text perfectly but I can't write on paper (which is usually not a ...
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Convincing future employers on my 'ridiculous' intern experience

Background: I just finished my 8 weeks summer internship in Shenzhen within a large multinational corporate. I got this internship through a UK government scheme which sends British students to China....
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Is it wrong/unethical to continue looking for Internships even if I already have one

To preface, I am a junior in college with in-progress Computer Engineering and Computer Science degrees. This past summer I worked for a large company doing software work. I thoroughly enjoyed my ...
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How to completely change the direction of a project

I want to completely 180 the project I am working on and take it in a brand new direction, how can I best bring this up with my boss? Background: I am a 3rd year coop student on my first placement ...
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What to do about an intern constantly disturbing work-flow and bothering?

We are small company of 6-8 people, all sitting in one 30 square meter office. A new 19-year-old intern, who works as a programmer, will stay for 6 months. The problem I have with him is that he ...
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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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Would it be unprofessional to quit an internship early?

I currently am an engineer, interning for a couple of years at a great company. I am paid well for an intern and my manager treats me very well. However, there's a couple of problems. Very few people ...
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Company doesn't know I don't meet an employment requirement, how to handle

I'm an intern at a very large company. I'm still in school and interns at my company are required to be maintain above a particular GPA. In theory, I believe my HR manager is supposed to ask for my ...
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Is there a conflict of interest if a close relative works at a competing company to the one I am applying for?

I am applying for an internship in a tech-related field. I am applying to Company X, and hopefully will get an internship. One of my parents though works for Company Y, a direct rival to Company X. ...
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How do I respond to a monetary award from CEO?

I am an engineering student and an intern at a company in Canada. I have worked on some projects so far. I have always tried to do my best, have a good impact on companies grows as an R&D. I ...
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How to explain that I don't understand anything at internship?

I recently got a job as a software intern at a big company. The intern program is loosely organized and basically was vaguely described a technical issue and told to implement a series of tests for it ...
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Concerned I was too loud/criticizing as an intern

I've just joined a company as an intern making Widgets as one of few foreigners. As part of this, I read some training material used in courses that customers buy for the company's products and ...
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How should I handle an incompetent coworker?

I've read through How to deal with an incompetent colleague?, but my situation is slightly different. I am an intern1 (although close to graduation) working in Software Engineering. I work in a ...
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How to get an internship, or something like one, long after college

Some particulars, to be followed by a generalized, yet specific question: I got my BA (in English) 6 years ago. I had been an occasional programming dabbler since 1995-ish (HTML/CSS/JavaScript, ...
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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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Telling something in a face to face interview which was omitted during a telephonic interview

Recently when I had a telephonic interview, the interviewer appreciated me for my knowledge on myriad technical fields that are indirectly related to the job. Shortly after, When he asked about ...
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Hiring Manager sent an interview request without mentioning the job posting - Is it okay to ask for job description?

I'm a student studying Computer Science. My university has an online job website where faculty and professors post job interviews for full time students to apply to (work-study positions). A bunch of ...
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Should I send email just to break the silence between offer acceptance and first day?

Early last month I was offered an internship and verbally accepted over the phone. I was then emailed an offer letter, and a bunch of information and forms to fill out. The email said to let them know ...
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Going on planned vacation before starting possible new job [duplicate]

So I had an internship over the summer at a bank, which extended into the final semester of my master's program. I will be done with my finals in a few weeks and my internship will finish around the ...
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How to be taken seriously when presenting recommendations to senior colleagues [closed]

Tl;Dr As an intern, if your recommendations are being ignored should you try a different approach or give up? If yes, what is the best approach? Context I'm an intern for the summer in a small high-...
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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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Balancing the problem of teaching junior devs and meeting deadlines

TL;DR: I am having issues maintaining the balance between mentoring junior devs, meeting deadlines as a group, and completing my own work. Read on for more info. For background, I work at a small, ...
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As an intern with ADHD, how to be able to focus on badly engaging tasks?

I am what in english could be more closely described as a paid intern. I am happy with my position so far, a month in, it isn't perfect, but I don't need it to be. In my software developer internship,...
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How do I gracefully turn down a job offer at a company that I am still co-oping at?

I am currently a co-op at Company A and they have given me a job offer for permanent employment upon graduation in 9 months. I still have about six weeks of employment on this co-op term with them. I ...
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How to break off an internship without burning bridges?

This summer I was planning on returning to a large software company (Company A) for a second year of internship. Between when my prior internship ended and the present I've since partnered with ...
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Can 1 year of work experience be good on a resume, even if you work only part time on the weekends?

As my first job, I have been working at a respected restaurant company as a busboy since July of 2015. The employer, when I went to the interview, asked if I could work weekends, which would be ...
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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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Do I keep working with no formal employment contract?

I am currently working at a job where my initial trial term will run out soon (I signed a contract that covered a set period of time which has elapsed). I have talked to my employer and they have ...
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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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What to do when supervisors don't make your tasks clear?

I'm an intern at a (relatively large) software company. When my supervisor gives me tasks, he is often somewhat vague and high-level about them. I do my best to interpret what he wants me to do and ...

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