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I feel like they are conspiring to get me out of the firm when my internship 'expires' instead of getting hired on. What am I to do?
I'm a new intern at a PR firm and have been there about a month.
Dear Just an Intern,
The promise that this gig could become a "permanent" job is a double-edged sword. Instead of encouraging you to perform, it can trigger "performativity" you may feel so much pressure to look good that you're thrown off your game. So my first advice is to keep your eye on the ball and do good work! Results are the best defense against office politics.
If there were no promise of longer-term employment, the internship would be all about learning. Look around you. Who in the department could mentor you? Perhaps the person who assigned the important project? Don't assume everyone is too busy. Many people feel good when they can teach others.
Also notice different delegation styles. If the JAE doesn't have a lot
of experience supervising or delegating, (s)he could feel awkward. What
looks like conspiracy could be immaturity or insecurity. Can you "manage
upward" and relate to him/her differently?
Betsy Raskin Gullickson
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