I have done internships with five “top” media houses in India but, still unemployed. The first thing an intern must realize that there is no guaranty that you will get a job after the internship.
In my experience, I have met many people in the time of my internships and understood some facts. Here are 10 things every employer forgets about the interns.
Most of the employees think that the interns are machines because they are here to prove themselves. Put as many work to them, they will try to do. This is a wrong attitude and it breaks the person from within.
If you are an intern and you have heard an appreciation will be something to remember. Employees and the seniors will never appreciate a single thing you have done right. If you have done something good they will avoid that part. But employees should remember one simple appreciation can work as a magic.
Abusing interns is the most popular thing in India. In my experience I have rarely met a boss who doesn’t talk with an F word or MC, BC. They will abuse you to release their frustration.
You have to accept that interns are there to know the work and they do not know everything. Its ok if you cannot teach them but do not always make them feel that they are a “piece of shit.”
Interns mostly work for free. You do not even pay for some food or share the pizza you buy for your team mates. Interns work for you without anything. You should try to empathize with them.
I know a person who is an employee of a big media brand. He used to take out all his lady interns for dinner or party and used to date them. They could not protest because it was the time of internship and he was the immediate boss.
Interns are learning. They can make mistakes. I have had a senior who used to show single mistake of mine to all the employees and seniors. They used to look at me and laugh all the time.
Most employers discriminate against interns for the way they talk, the kind of dress they wear, their language and everything. We think discrimination in only in the bigger society but that’s not true.
I have experienced that employees get immense pleasure to talk shit about an intern infront of him or her. By this they get a sadistic pleasure. They will insult you to the top so that you cry and fold your hand.
If an intern is not calling you sir or ma’am thats ok. I have met people who asked me to call them sir or ma’am. It is ridiculous but true.