I don't want to be fired for looking at my facebook.
August 24, 2011 7:40 PM Subscribe
Internship filter: I've recently started a several-month internship. There is really no work for me yet-- I've been told that in the next few weeks, it will pick up, but as of now I'm basically being given busy-work that doesn't need to be done. How can I deal with this situation? Can I leave for a better job?
posted by lockstitch to Work & Money (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
On top of that, it's really not that exciting (the busy-work or the actual project) and nothing I can put in a portfolio. I've asked for more work, but I'm not getting any, so I basically have to stretch two hours of actual work into a full day at the office.
What is the protocol for this? I have been surfing websites (nothing embarrassing, but the NYTimes and Good magazine are not really what I use to get work done) and I know that some companies monitor internet usage. What experience have you had with interns who aren't given enough work? Will I be thought less of or considered a lazy intern for time not spent on work?
I know that the advice is "Keep asking for work to look like a go-getter" but I really do not see how pestering my boss is going to go over well. He knows I don't have work, but he doesn't give me anything beyond busywork (which I almost always get done within hours of being assigned).
Add to this that I really need to make money right now– and I keep seeing jobs posted. Am I totally in the wrong to apply for better opportunities and (if I get lucky) interviewing for and accepting a new job? This company is big, but not within my industry– so although I might burn some bridges, I won't be dragging my name through the mud (I hope?!). I haven't signed a contract for time to be worked, it was just posted as three months with the possibility of an extension.
So to finish this huge question, how do I deal with this situation without being a suckup or a pest, and can I continue to look for work?