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January 15, 2010 10:20 AM Subscribe
I started at an internship
where the vibe is very sink or swim. I'm treading water, but I'm not feeling like I am getting the attention or recognition that I'm used to, nor do I feel like I am performing at my full potential. How do I feel ok about this?
So I got my dream internship at a syndicated public radio program, and I started two weeks ago. Setting aside all the grunt work I'm tasked with, I feel like I really enjoy the actual work. The problem is that I feel like I'm used to more attention when I start a job, and I'm not getting the guidance or assistance I look for from a new job. It's not that anyone's mean about it, and if I check their heads about something I always get a response. But at any other place I've ever worked, when someone new comes in they are shown the ropes in an explicit, fairly thorough manner, rather than piecemeal and only when they ask.
On an interpersonal note, I've generally always found that, being pretty outgoing, it's pretty easy to get along with people. Again, with the people I am working with, they are generally polite, but I don't find that I'm penetrating or making an impression, in spite of trying to be really nice and outgoing and thoughtful and all that mess.
I am thinking that maybe they have had so many interns roll through, they're just exhausted having to retrain someone every three months, but I really want to be a contributing member of the team. I have struggled to make sure I'm pitching stories and doing good research, and performing my intern duties well, but I'm still feeling ignored.
All of this stuff is severely hampering my enjoyment of the internship experience. On top of these difficulties, the fact that I am only there part time (I work part time at a paying job) makes me feel very discouraged and on the outside.
Ok, questions. I'm looking for the following:
1.) How do I feel ok about this lack of attention and learn the things I need to learn?
2.) How do I get the most out of this internship?
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the ironically named "firstname.lastname@example.org"