Journal entry #3- The trouble with being an intern

Posted on July 7, 2008. Filed under: NODA Journal |

So far the greatest hurdle I have faced during my internship has been gaining enough confidence from my supervisors to let me take on bigger tasks. We are currently mid-way through our orientation season and while I am quite certain that I have the knowledge and skills necessary to take on bigger tasks, I’m not sure I will ever get a chance to do so. In large part this has to do with the fact that the bigger tasks I am interested in taking on are tasks that professional advisors are currently responsible for completing. In this situation, I am seen as a bit of a liability. I am fairly certain that my direct supervisor has confidence in my ability, but other advisors and people above her are not ready to answer to concerned students, parents, and administrators who question why a graduate student is doing an advisor’s job. This leaves me trying to get as much professional experience and development as possible, while realizing that there are certain things I may never be able to do while I am here. It is frustrating and definitely something that I should probably discuss at greater length with my supervisor, but for now I’ll just leave it as an unsolved cases file.


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