The article “A Guide for Summer Interns: Your Personal Matrix” by Jodi Glickman is published on HBR blog website on July 6th. Great timing as it is almost the half way (maybe now almost the end) of our summer internships. The main message Glickman conveys is that we are in the driver’s seat of our careers and what we get from our summer internships is in our hands. She suggests making a current situation and a wish list matrix which includes people we worked with and people we think they might serve as mentors to us. This will show us the outline of how to go from point A to point Z. Filling gaps between point A and Z is our new task that we can share and discuss with our mentors/colleagues. I think it is a great opportunity to create a strategy for the rest of our internships. Moreover, as what we want to do is a concrete document now it will keep our minds focused.
No one will practice and learn everything doing an internship in summer however it is one of the best ways to put our knowledge into practice, learn more and sharpen our skills. This is important not only for our own personal development and for our career but also for the future of the world as we all are ambassadors of development and peace. I believe that keeping our minds focused and getting the most from the internship to honor all resources poured on us and all efforts we put forth until today is the least we can do.