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Tracey’s Angle: Who to ask for help about internship issues

October 14, 2010

During my first internship there was one co-worker who treated me differently than he treated the rest of the group. He wouldn’t talk to me, and when he did, he would make fun of me in any way that he could. For a few weeks, I dreaded having to go into work every morning. I struggled with trying to figure out what to do about the situation. The internship was extremely important to me, so I couldn’t just quit.  I confided in my mentor about the situation, and he told me that the best thing that I could do would be to seek advice from my supervisor. I didn’t really want to get my co-worker into any trouble, but I had no other choice.

It turns out, that going to my supervisor about the issue was the best thing that I could’ve done in that situation. He gave me a few tips to help work out the issue between my co-worker and I, and gave me a few tasks that allowed me to steer clear of said co-worker.

I know that speaking to a supervisor can sometimes seem intimidating, but I suggest that when you’re having an issue or problem at your internship, you should start by asking your supervisor or manager for help.

Until next time, adios!

— Tracey L.

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