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How to make #internships work for you via @Telegraph Both sides must benefit & not exclude less well off/connected

How to make #internships work for you via @Telegraph Both sides must benefit & not exclude less well off/connected

And the intern gets to try a job on for size. Do you like the organisation? Is this the area you want to work in? Are there practical skills you'll need to acquire to advance? For an employer, I believe the key is to think of interning as 'giving back' - share as much knowledge as an intern can soak up, rather than consigning them to a dark hole to organise the stationery cupboard. I'm a massive fan of throwing interns in at the deep end (while remaining on hand to chuck a lifebelt, occasionally). This harks back to the very first article I was ever asked to write, in a lowly admin role on a magazine. It was only a paragraph, but I was still terrified enough to blurt out: 'but I can't write.' To which my boss snarled, 'Don't be so f******* wet; everyone can write'. He left me to get on with it. And by 23, I'd risen up the ranks to become Britain's youngest-ever magazine ed...

Full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/10991981...

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