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The Intern Files: How to Get, Keep, and Make the Most of Your Internship Paperback – Mar 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416909214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416909217
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
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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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa529d7ec) out of 5 stars solid, yet entertaining, resource for potential interns May 4 2006
By MKB - Published on
Format: Paperback
I work at a Career Center in the Mid-Atlantic and we have an active internship program that is run through our office. Jamie Fedorko's book would be a great resource for any of our students who were willing to take the time to read it--I managed to breeze through most of it in just under two hours, even though (fossil that I am) I had to ask a younger colleague to "translate" some of the slang used.

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!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa529d840) out of 5 stars Great book by a great guy June 3 2006
By L. dAbadie - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is rare you get to meet the man behind the mask. I was so fortunate, however, that I did get to meet Jamie Fedorko. Jamie has done a fantastic job with this book by doing one simple thing, he shares with you the wisdom he gained from being an typical everday Joe Average intern. Jamie genuinely wants students to learn the simple principles in his book so they don't have to hit the pot-holes he got stuck in.

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.

Happy interning!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa529dc78) out of 5 stars An employer says, "You need this book!" March 9 2006
By Michael Levin - Published on
Format: Paperback
From my perspective as an employer, any individual who follows the wise and entertaining guidance in this book will be an irresistable choice for any internship or paid position. I only wish I had this book when I was starting my own career. Brilliant, funny, and vital if you want a career...any career.

--Michael Levin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa529f054) out of 5 stars Disapointing though Entertaining May 14 2010
By Thomas J. - Published on
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This was an enjoyable read, well written - but really lacking substance. If I wanted a good read I'd pickup some fiction or a memoir, I bought this book looking for solid advice on how to gain an internship and sadlly found the book lacking in this department.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa529dfe4) out of 5 stars Fresh and interesting read! Aug. 10 2006
By A. Myers - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a college student who will be in my first internship at this time next year, I really enjoyed this book. Jamie Fedoroko uses humor and his knowledge of internships to really tell you what to expect. Sure he used some advice that you could find in other job search/life on the job books, but some of his material, such as the stories from real life interns and how to find work to do when you have too much downtime, is fresh advice I have not seen anywhere else.

If you are currently an intern or are planning to intern in the near future, don't waste anymore time! Buy this book!