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THINGS TO EXPECT FROM


AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP By Eve Stanger RESPONSIBILITY


Unlike that work experience you did all those years ago, at a full time internship you are given important tasks. You’re expected to use your initiative to get these done. Participate as much as you can, attend the office meetings at 8am (without yawning) and show new ideas that prove you have something to offer.


Every morning you’ll be faced with the choice of a ten minute lie in but having to pay £5 for a sandwich out or getting up what seems ridiculously early to make lunch yourself.


LUNCH TIME


DECISIONS SKILLS


Working an internship gives you a chance like no other to develop relevant skills. These will improve your employment chances across the sector or within the company itself, with some boasting that 90% of summer interns are given full time jobs at their company.


From doing 10 hours a week at university, to nothing when you finish, the daily grind can take a lot of getting used to. After your first week of 9 till 5 don’t be surprised when your Friday night is a nap on the sofa rather than a trip down to the local.


SOCIAL MEDIA


Most interns will confirm that much of their work will involve ringing numerous companies with the exact same message all day long. You’ll be an expert at adopting your best telephone voice and pitching your business in 30 seconds.


You’re likely to be appointed to the social media and communications area, probably due to your boss’ lack of understanding about the twittersphere and assumption that as you’re young you’re tweet ready. Call yourself a Social Media Consultant and make the most of it.


THE PHONE CONNECTIONS


Working in the sector of your choice will allow you to meet a huge pool of professionals who are living your employment dream. These contacts could be useful for you in the future to get a step on the ladder – don’t underestimate networking. Or LinkedIn.


EXHAUSTION


If you make your way into by bus, train or tube every day then it won’t be long before you notice the stupidity of other commuters. From the person standing on the left of the escalator to the young girl screaming about her boyfriend down the phone on the number 12 bus home.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT


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