This week’s career memes offer tongue-in-cheek support to interns, the individuals who are working to sharpen their skills and gain experience in a particular field.
What they do: An intern’s responsibilities are obviously dependent on where he or she is working. Generally speaking, however, an intern may carry out more entry-level type of work as well as complete tasks to support his or her boss and/or colleagues.
What they don’t do: Interns don’t have the luxury of opting not to do something.
Educational requirements: A background in the field in which the intern wants to establish a career.
Required skills: Good communication and organisational skills, attention to detail, determination, time management, ability to receive and work with critique and feedback, and a desire to learn and apply that knowledge in work.
Salary: Varies, depending on the organisation. Some interns may only earn experience, some may earn a small stipend, while others may earn a more generous income at major high-profile companies (such as the company whose name rhymes with ‘Schmoogle’, for example).