Internship WFH - No Work Given

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Hi all,

Just began my remote internship at a boutique 2-3 days ago. Had a very short "orientation" day on the first day of the internship setting up IT infra and speaking with the team I will be working with. Was told that will have check-ins every other day at a certain time, but have not been given a single task and has been two days. No emails, no tasks, no meetings, no check-ins. Am I supposed to follow up and ask for work or whether the meeting is happening or just wait because the analyst is busy doing other work?

Appreciate your inputs

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Jun 30, 2020

That isn't fair, but hopefully things turn around for you. It is also a holiday week so it will probably be light all around with work flow due to personal travel/vaca.

There is no way around the fact that you are seriously inconveniencing your team as a remote newbie. Trying to punch through and position yourself will be tough. With that said, there is a right way and a wrong way to approach the situation to make the most of it.

Take a deep breath and think back to day one. Who did you talk to? Who did you connect with? Notice anyone a bit more approachable? Start there.

Do NOT go frantically writing mass emails and whining to someone about it. No one cares enough.

Find that person you can lean on and give them a call. Again, don't be chomping at the bit. Ease in to it. Be a normal human. Let him know you have capacity. White lie a little and say something along the lines of "I am working through onboarding and have been busy getting up to speed. Wanted to catch up to see if you had anything I could help out on, happy to jump in where I can".

Work down the list SLOWLY throughout the day and let 2-3 people digest it (and hopefully talk about it). At some point, the word will spread a bit via phone tag. Again, take it slow, don't complain, and don't throw anyone under a bus. Once you can break through and get that one handoff it will turn in to an avalanche quickly. So prove it.

From a career POV, it will be a good learning experience to realize drumming up a reputation and work flow comes down to your own initiative and performance.

A good example would be that every-other-day-call they promised. Who is going to set that up for you? No one. Once you get talking to a few people during you follow up call, offer to send around a recurring calendar invite at a time that works for the group. Coordinate availability and get the ball rolling on your own. Like I said, once it gets rolling, it moves quick. Just takes a nudge sometimes.

remember, for the love of god, don't be annoying.

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Jul 1, 2020