Two main reasons why people didn’t like their intern experience

Nowadays, it is extremely attractive to be an intern. Parents, friends, teachers at university – literally all of them were convincing me that I should do it as well as that it wouldl be very useful experience. Unluckily, I was naïve enough to am convinced them , and in consequence decided to do the internship during the summer break.


Autor: Joseph Nicolia
The competition for this position was pretty rough. They tested my foreign languages and analytical skills. Therefore, I was completely convinced that the internship would be something meaningful – probably I can have been too convinced – I need to admit that I didn’t even question any details regarding my potential duties.

At that time I was just so excited with the news that I got the intern offer, that I didn’t think to ask about important details. At that time it was ok for me to know the department where I was going to intern in. Now I already know that such approach was quite a huge mistake. Sadly, I think that that lesson was actually the only useful lesson I learnt from this entire experience.

Before I was sure that during any internship I would learn that type of knowledge as well as skills that are transferable also to any other similar position. Unluckily, while conducting that internship I was mostly responsible for these tasks that nobody else was interested to conduct. I know that somebody always has to do those stuff , but at the same time I wanna learn something new at while doing my intrnship.

Unluckily, I didn’t. To be honest I learnt much about New York city and its neighborhood as I was helping other employees conducting the most boring stuff which they did’t want to do. Ironically, I learnt where to do cheap custom printing nyc or where to find best coffee in the town. But I don’t think that this is the type of knowledge I should gain from the internship.

Second, they didn’t pay me anything. I am aware that I was not an employee so I don’t have any precious experience they can need, but I was anyway doing some activities they would pay for their workers to do. In consequence, I really believe that they should reimburse me at least small amount of money. Only to confirm that they appreciated my commitment.