Well, students are trickling onto campus and the marching band is back to practicing outside of my window, which means it's just about that time of year. I'm looking forward to being a second-year assistant professor, and especially to not having any new courses to prepare this semester. One of my goals for this year is to develop a strong career development program for our international studies majors. I especially want to give the guys a sense of what it takes to succeed in international development, diplomacy, advocacy, and other industries. We're going to have sessions on grad school, writing personal statements, business etiquette, and internships, all with the aim of helping our students prepare for the realities of the job market.
That last one is where you come in. Those of you in the real world have enjoyed (we hope) having students from all over the place in your offices as interns this summer, so I figured this was a good time to hit you up for some feedback while your memories are still fresh. If you were giving advice to a potential intern, what would it be? What makes a good intern? What makes an internship succeed or fail? What qualities does your organization or agency look for when selecting interns? What would make you send an intern home?
I'd love to read your answers to these questions in the comments. Please include anything you think might be relevant -the good, the bad, and/or the ugly. Thanks, everyone!