The Intern Files: How to Get, Keep, and Make the Most of Your Internship Paperback – Mar 1 2006
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"As someone who has hired hundreds of interns and entry-level college graduates over the last twenty-five years, I found The Intern Files to be a very straightforward, pragmatic guide for college students. It really hits the mark."
-- Barry Bregman, Director of Human Resources & Development, Mercer Delta Consulting, LLC
About the Author
Jamie Fedorko steers prospective interns along every step of the journey. He'll help you with the basic stuff -- hunting down internship leads, acing the interview, and making a great first impression. But this book takes it one step further, into understanding office politics and social etiquette, dealing with impossible bosses, making the most of time-wasting assignments, and drawing a line between being helpful and being a doormat. Hilarious, wry, and wise, The Intern Files will teach you how to enjoy the view from the bottom of the ladder -- and start climbing rapidly to the top.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I thoroughly enjoyed the irreverent tone & hip writing, though possibly some would be offended by the occasional profanity used. The advice offered was solid and right on target, though it would have been better had more of the examples of "real interns" been drawn from varied fields (many of them, probably Fedorko's college friends, were based in media/music/arts). Perhaps this will be changed with a future edition!
I also enjoyed Fedorko's final "real intern" story--his own--and am quite impressed to see a recent grad ('04) realizing his dream--to be a writer. Good going, Jamie, and keep up the good work!
Overall the book covers the basics on how to get, keep and excel in your internships. It is a guidebook and has what you would expect--dress codes, where to look for internships, how to handle office politics, leaving a lasting impression, etc. Because it is well written and has great stories it is able to hold a 20-year-olds attention for over 100 pages--not an easy task by any means. The best points are reflected on what he says about attitude and how to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of sometimes non-exciting internships and the second point is about relationships. If there is one takeaway from this book it would be that you need to build excellent relationships with those in your office (boss included) whether you hate the job, want a full time position or are like most students and have no clue.
We talk about how you have to do at least a few internships to make the most of your college investment in my book The Power of Focus for College Students. If you are smart enough to see the value in doing an internship, then you are likely smart enough to invest a few dollars and learn from Jamie how to do it right.
About a quater of the book is dedicated to getting an internship, arguarblly the most vital part and the advice given is to me seemed very ho-hum, like it just came out of my teachers mouth.
Where the book is at its best is preparing nervous interns, common sense answers mixed in with some entertaining disaster stories of what not to do.
Overal it was high on style, low on substance. The book cites the dummies guide as a refernce, I cant help but feel it would be more informative.
If you are currently an intern or are planning to intern in the near future, don't waste anymore time! Buy this book!
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