bad press escape
An internship is one of the most popular and effective ways of breaking into an industry or gaining some valuable work experience alongside your studies. They can be a bit hit and miss but most of the time are a total success.
If your business makes the headlines as a shining example of how to train interns and enhance their future prospects, it makes for great PR. What you don’t want to do is have the media barking at your door for mistreating your intern.
Interns have expectations, as well as the employer. They hope they don’t get lumbered making coffee or filing all day and at the same time, the employer hopes they are willing to learn and do the job as if it were their actual job.
Showing up on time, working to deadlines and generally doing as you’re instructed, without faffing, are the basic principles of internship success. When you leave, leave gracefully and thank your employer for everything they’ve done, you never know when you might cross paths in the future…
Quite the opposite of this advice comes from one very upset intern who clearly had a terrible time. (Which was probably their fault…)
Buried within an office post-it note block is a mini letter to an intern employer. There’s speculation over how real this letter is, but I really hope it’s true for comedy value.
The angry intern comments: “I hope you enjoyed bossing me around. I bet you felt real good about yourself. Well I wonder how you feel now, knowing I spat in your coffee everyday?”
Luckily for the company involved, they’ve not been named and shamed as potentially mistreating the intern. After all there is in the media about the treatment of interns, you certainly don’t want your company added to the list.
In all fairness, it’s a creative way to vent your feelings, albeit months after you’ve left the building. But this post-it note bandit isn’t the first!
One man, who worked at a school, penned a sarcastic letter to his employer after being criticised for taking time off work when his stepmother died.
He wrote: “I am sorry that I am not a robot and was emotionally affected by her passing and had to miss work. Clearly I am a terrible employee and for that, I apologise. I suggest you start looking for my replacement. Immediately.”
In both cases the employers are not named and luckily avoid any kind of bad PR, which would be hard to recover from.
There are of course far more productive ways of expressing your feelings and the above methods certainly won’t get you any shining references. When it comes to a bit of personal PR, make sure you’re nice to those on your way up, you may need them on your way back down…!