Do’s and don’ts for interns
Clipped on 29-June-2011, 8 : 57 PM from http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001039349/en?page=2
- Check out your chances. Ask how many interns are made permanent. If the answer is very few, this may indicate that interns are seen as a cheap expedient, rather than as future employees.
- Establish the ratio of interns to staff. A high ratio can be a sign that the employer’s business model is unsustainable.
- Check the work will be relevant. Also check what training you will receive and who will manage you.
- Decide if the internship will develop your skills. Is it merely a job someone else would have to do? Ben Lyons, co-director of campaigners Intern Aware, says he has come across advertisements for “intern receptionists and cooks”.
- Don’t be lured into working set hours without pay. Working flat-out can leave you no time to search for salaried employment.
- Don’t be afraid to look at other options. Becky Heath, co-founder of campaign group Internocracy, says that volunteering may teach you more than a business that treats interns as free labor.