Monday, January 4th, 2016...11:24 am
Internship advice from former IPSS and DPMI Plus Fellows
IPPSers and DPMI Plusers will soon begin a new adventure at their internships in Geneva, Washington D.C, New York City, San Francisco, Chile, and Zambia. These respective internships are essentially an audition for work at UNHCR, the State Department, the Peace Corps, Catholic Relief Services, the IAEA, and/or the IUCN to name a few.
As this years fellows are not the first to embark on such an adventure, we would like to share advice from last years cohort.
Last year, we asked fellows, what challenges did you experience that MIIS didn’t really prepare you for?
-email chains with over 10 cc’ed co-workers and navigating who to cc on which email.
-saying yes to everything and taking on too much
-social media management
-not being assertive about project selection
How can IPSS and DPMI Plus fellows mitigate these challenges?
IPSS and DPMI Plus 2015 fellows offered the following suggestions:
- Have a strong backbone
- Stay organized
- Keep an open mind
- Don’t take on too much
- Manage your expectations
- Be creative and come up with an innovative project proposal
- Remember that knowledge gained at MIIS is not the end-point
- Learn office culture and adjust your style accordingly
- Send an introductory email with a list of your skills and interests
- Nurture relationships.
Forbes, LinkedIn, and TED also have a number of recommendations:
- Ten ways interns can create a great first impression
- TED Talk with Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
- The ultimate intern to-do list
- 6 simple steps to make a good first impression