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BOOK REVIEW By M.V. Greene


NEED TO NAIL THAT INTERNSHIP? TAKE 100 STEPS TO THE ULTIMATE GUIDE


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ooking to nail a great internship? The Ultimate Guide to Internships: 100 Steps to Get a Great Internship and Thrive in It promises to give you the heads up.


The 2015 title from Eric Woodard, published by Allworth Press, says the high-impact internship that intern candidates covet can be found with the right initiative, tools, and insight.


Woodard clearly knows something about internships. He is a former White House intern and currently director of Fellowships and Internships at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Woodard’s book is organized in 100 actual steps, or chapters, for finding a viable internship and succeeding with it. Woodard devotes several paragraphs of practical advice to each of the 100 steps, delivering his brand of perspective in a conversational, thoughtful tone.


Here are some examples from the 100.


Step 18: Make Your Own Way Woodard says if you come across an organization in your internship search that doesn’t have an internship program, take the initiative and suggest they start one — with you. “So, if you would like to do an internship someplace, but that place doesn’t offer an internship program,


let them know that one of your first projects as their first intern will be to set up an internship program for them,” Woodard writes.


Step 28: Your Campaign Woodard advises internship candidates to adopt a “multilayered” strategy to finding a position; in other words, a campaign that will include not only standard items like a cover letter, resume, and references but also perhaps a testimonial/reference sheet, online portfolio, and a ready-to-go thank-you note.


“Do you need all this stuff to get an internship? No. But the more you have the greater the chance you get the internship you want,” he writes.


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Woodard sprinkles in throughout his book numerous other tips, situations, occurrences, and possibilities regarding internships, such as his thoughts about paid and unpaid internships; leveraging social media in the internship process; what interns should know about corporate office etiquette and decorum; sources of internships; interviewing for internships; selecting mentors; and how to manage your bosses.


Managing Yourself, Managing Others, Managing Your Boss “During your internship, you should be prepared to take a step forward. When the situation calls for it, be ready to take the initiative and manage your supervisor. This sometimes takes some subtle maneuvering and savvy, but if you’re able to master this skill, you’ll go far,” according to Woodard.


In Step 57, in the chapter “Manage Your Manager,” Woodard says the key is to take initiative with your superior. The higher the level of the boss you are assigned to, typically the more help they will need, Woodard writes.


In the next step, Step 58, Woodard takes managing bosses a step further. That step is titled “Slay Dragons,” in which he discusses how to deal with the truly difficult intern boss. He calls them “dragon bosses.” Woodard says dragon bosses can be tough, mean, and disrespectful, but he urges interns not to shy away from


the challenge of dealing with them.


Then there is the story of safety pins, in Step 90, “Top Things Most Needed in an Office.” When serving as an intern at the White House, he ripped his pants on a door latch, and a staffer had a drawer full of safety pins that bailed him out of an uncomfortable position. “Thanks to her, I was able to patch myself together fairly well and continue the day. Ever since then, I’ve always made sure that I’ve had a good supply of safety pins — for myself, and others,” Woodard writes.


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