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Being Let Down by Internships…Christopher Pedersen

17 May iMADdu Blog | Comments Off
Being Let Down by Internships…Christopher Pedersen

I’ve had internships at so many different companies, and I can’t remember learning a thing from most of them. The majority of these internships were at large corporations where I had to go through a rigorous interview process, and demonstrate that I was ready to work hard in return for a valuable educational experience. If I passed all of their tests, I might be lucky enough to get a job offer from the company when I graduated. When I finally got an internship at one of these companies, I told myself every time that this was going to be a great opportunity to prove myself. I was let down practically every time.

As soon as I’d arrive in the office on the first day of the internship, I knew immediately that I was the intern in the office. I was treated first and foremost as the lowest rung on the ladder. Why? I’d be given work that required little or no brainpower. Tasks that a kid could do like organizing papers, getting coffee, and taking an envelope to the other side of town. I’ve got nothing against the intelligence of kids, but I was expecting something that would utilize what I had learned in high school and college. This was not the case, and I would spend a month at these internships in the hope that I could work on something remotely challenging that would give me some type of new skill set. It never happened.

Why am I at iMADdu? I want to make sure that no college student ever has to endure my horrid internship experiences.

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