I worked hard enough (and was lucky enough) to have some pretty incredible internships when I was in school. That being said, take my advice with a grain of salt, twice daily.
This post was inspired by a particular IC student who told me that SNL was his dream job and he’d do whatever he could to intern there. Somehow common sense was lost on him during tonight’s episode so he inspired me to give future interns a good cyber slap in the face.
Here are a few rules to follow, from a former intern to future, aspiring interns. (Number one goes out to you, inspiring, dumb-dumb of a student.)
Rule #1: Don’t tweet/post on facebook/anywhere about your distaste for an episode/sketch/campaign/commercial/product/etc.
Keep it to yourself, you unbelievable jag. How stupid do you have to be? Wow, I’d really like to work for so and so, let me just say how much they suck…in what world? In what world…I promise you your interviewer will read all about what you had to say about last night’s episode (or equivalent) and I promise it won’t bode well for you if you said it was “painful.”
Rule #2: Know the show/company/website/non-profit/wherever it is you’re interviewing.
For god’s sake, guys. Do the research. Come on.
Rule #3: Ask questions.
Nobody is gonna hate on the intern that asked where the supply closet was. Everyone will hate on the intern who took 20 minutes to find staples in a closet two feet from the reception desk.
(That’s all for now. It is 3am, relax. Please comment or ask questions. What a fun little game I’ve started…)