Am I allowed to be lazy?
March 4, 2011 8:36 AM Subscribe
I'm starting an unpaid internship (software/engineering-related) and I've been asked to pick my own hours. I get the impression that I'm expected to work less than full time. Can I say I'll work less than full time just because I feel like it?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was told I should come in "at least 3 days a week." But since I'm unemployed right now, I don't see why I shouldn't work full-time. To do otherwise would just be lazy, right?
On the other hand, the commute is really long, and since I'm not being paid anyway, I'd rather keep some time for personal projects I've been working on. But that doesn't seem like a reasonable excuse for working less.
I suppose I could also ask to work from home some of the time, but it may depend on computer security issues (I may not be allowed to bring any files home or access them remotely).
My questions are:
1. On what basis should I make this choice, given that my goal is just to learn and get some experience on my resume?
2. If I choose to work less than full-time, what is a non-dumb-sounding way to explain that to my employer? Or should I not attempt to explain it at all?