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8 Do’s and Don’ts for Interns

5th June 2013

All work and lots of fun. Entern class of 2012 hosting the weekly beer cart.

All work and lots of fun. Entern class of 2012 hosting the weekly Engauge beer cart.

This week was an exciting one here at Engauge (and it seems to be a trend). We had 15 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed interns (or enterns) start. FIFTEEN.

This time of year always takes me back to my own intern days (of which were not too terribly long ago) and as this is the first year I’ll have an intern to co-manage myself, it has me thinking much more seriously about do’s, don’ts, plans and projects for her arrival.

All of the planning has lead me to creating many lists, including experiences I loved and other tid-bits I wish someone would have shared with me on day one.

Here are a few of my biggest takeaways:


Do show up on time. In an agency setting some people arrive at 8:00, some people at 10:00 and that’s OK. Don’t get in at 10:00, unless you have explicit direction to do so.

Don’t expect to be busy everyday. There will be downtime. Don’t get frustrated or put it to waste. Find ways to grow independently. Ask colleagues what newsletters they subscribe to or sites they frequent. Save those for your downtime. Spend some time perusing SlideShare, we’re all still learning to master the escape of death by powerpoint.

Do make friends, but branch out from the intern group. It’s important to form relationships with both your peers and your superiors. Make sure to find a balance that works for you.

Don’t turn down happy hour, lunch or coffee. Not only because there is food involved, but also because these settings frequently hold potential for conversations that the office doesn’t always make time for. Learn more about others’ backgrounds and find out what they are passionate about.

Do ask for introductions (when appropriate). You are an intern and one of the biggest perks is that you likely aren’t signed on to an exclusive relationship with your job. Take advantage of that! Ask to meet people from other companies, agencies, etc. When I thought about moving from corporate to agency post-college, a boss of mine did me a fantastic favor to help set up informational interviews with agencies across town. Without that experience, I would have never known where I wanted to end up – or have nearly as many fantastic connections, with whom I still keep in touch today.

Do introduce yourself to someone who’s job you’ll never have. No, I’ll never be a web developer or a user experience architect, but spending time with those people early on in my current role helped to round out my skills and better understand and speak to their disciplines.

Do dress well. Yes, it’s summer and it’s hot. No a mini skirt isn’t appropriate. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

Don’t be negative. Yes, there will be some long days. Yes, people will drive you crazy. Yes, it may take longer to land the full-time job than expected. Be patient and be positive, each and every person you will work with has been in your shoes. And they survived.

What have I missed? Anything else former interns (or current ones) would add to this list?

Social superlatives: Where do networks belong?

29th September 2010

Recently my boss, Jeff Hilimire, wrote a blog post about the idea of transferring his blog over to Tumblr and the idea sparked a lot of healthy debate among the DIG group.

The ideas presenting really got me wondering, with the social media overload we are all facing (especially when it’s your job as well as your day-to-day life) what purpose does each social network serve?

I’ve set a few boundaries for myself and my many networks. Here’s a sample of some of my favorites:

Facebook: Most Popular – Everyone you know is on Facebook, from your best friend in preschool , your college roommate and even your parents. For me, this is my “personal” site. Photo tagging, event updates, brand relationships, and people I only know and care about are here.

Twitter: Most Outgoing – Twitter has become my personal RSS feed. Why subscribe to a billion blogs when I can follow them, get updates and read at my own will. I try to keep sharing to a professional and news worthy level, but spur of the moment “what are you doing?” updates fly.

Linked-In: The CEO – Linked-In was my go to source fro job hunting. A message here to a colleague of mine actually led to my new job at Engauge. Staying on top of connections, who’s viewed your profile, or who you may know are all key to keep networking ongoing after that tweet-up.

WordPress: The Brains – Well, you’re here, and hopefully you can see for me this platform helps me think outside of 140 characters and discuss new emerging media topics.

Blogger: Gossip Girl – I used blogger for my 365 day photo project and found it great for informal blogging, for those who take blogging more seriously, I feel WordPress has bundles of extra tools.

Foursquare: Jetsetter – This one can get spammy and creepy quickly if you’re not careful, but it can also lead to some great deals and tips. I always check out tips led by other users when trying out a new restaurant, only sharing via Twitter if I feel it adds to the conversation.

Tumblr:  Class Clown – I’ve tried this one a few times, but since finishing my 365 photo blog, I’ve been looking for a new way to blog casually and this one seems to be a great answer. I really enjoy the re-blogging feature and sharing the content of those around you.

So, of the many choices out there, what are your favorite social networks and what purpose does each serve for you?