As an intern at a medical clinic one summer, I was often sent on random errands (can anyone relate?)
Most were fairly mundane- office supplies, random medical stuff, etc. However, one trip was particularly memorable. I was sent to the county supply center to pick up a van full of condoms (the clinic would hand them out for free). I’m talking boxes and boxes of condoms. It was a little weird.
I get to the supply center, and it turns out a cousin that I see about twice a year works there. He sees me and asks, “Steve, what are you doing here?”
Yeah, it was a little awkward. But funny awkward.
Anyway, if you’ve been through college, an internship is almost like a rite of passage. Most of the time, it seems that you only have a vague idea of the work you’re going to do. Will you be getting coffee for everyone in the office? Will you be acting as a secretary? Will you be driving around picking up condoms? Or will you get relevant experience to the field you’re interested in?
A new site called InternshipRatings.com aims to answer those questions before you apply for an internship. It’s similar to Glassdoor.com, a site that I reviewed a while back. Glassdoor.com allows employees to rate their job experiences at certain companies, while InternshipRatings is specifically for interns.
The site is easy to navigate and looks amazing. The only knock on it is that it doesn’t seem to be getting much traffic, limiting the amount of reviews available. For example, in the city of Los Angeles, only 7 companies have been reviewed.
However, if you’re lucky you may find a company that you’re interested in.
Anyone have any funny internship stories they’d like to share?
This is a guest post by Steven Krager.