How to bounce back from a failed intern-ship?

I am currently doing bachelors from  a top university ( FAST ). After nailing many rounds of interviews, I had secured an amazing internship this summer 2014. I cannot reveal the details of my internship but it’s just that after struggling for a lot of time, I was unable to get good results.

Hard as it is to admit my mistakes, I went through a slight emotional roller coaster as I reflect.

I had to tell myself ‘know that you’re not alone’. Many people have failed internships, including people who I may look up to or are later extremely successful. Most people don’t walk around talking about their failures though, so I likely won’t hear these stories.

Since I’d like to rejoin the company later on, I asked myself a couple of question to clear my head, I hope they help you too in some point in time:

  • Did I fit into the company culture? If not, why? Is this something I can resolve without changing who I am?
  • Why do I want to work here? Is it the company vision, people, or something else?
  • What would I do differently next time?
  • Were my technical skills up to par with what was expected in the company? If not, why? How can I improve those skills?
  • How can I balance working and socializing at work (or getting to know my coworkers)?

Word of Advice:

When you apply to the company again, the recruiter will likely bring up your internship and try to gauge how you’ve grown and matured since the experience. Be ready to show how you’ve grown in technical and interpersonal skills.

Remember to add this internship to your resume like any other work experience. Don’t skimp on your project(s) or technologies touched when talking to future recruiters; your experience here is as important as any other internship.

Finally, End your internship on a professional note. Thank the people who helped you, were part of your team, and an integral part of your internship experience. Be humble and grateful for the experience. Don’t burn any bridges; you never know where you or your coworkers may end up in the future.

Go forth and hold your head up high!


The story of a Palestinian father


Gaza: The story of a Palestinian father who lost his children in the darkness (via Al Akhbar English)

“Around the flickering, dim light of a candle nearly gone, the family of Abu Mohammed Shabet gathered in their house in Hayy al-Touffah, north-east of Gaza City, to break their fast. In the background, they could hear explosions caused by bombs fired by Israeli tanks positioned on the eastern borders of the Strip, aimed at the houses of unarmed civilians.

As soon as the family finished their meal, Abu Mohammed tried to calm his frightened children who were asking him to flee the house and take refuge with some relatives downtown in hopes that it would be a little safer there. But the father insisted on staying home.

“Nothing is going to happen to us. Do not worry, the bombs are far away from us,” Abu Mohammed reassured them.

As soon as he finished his sentence, a powerful explosion was heard and a large fire broke out in a hall at the house where they were gathered. Abu Mohammed was in deep shock. He did not grasp the fact that his house was targeted, especially since the power had been down for three days.” » Read on

Photo: Smoke rising from Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood during an Israeli military operation in the east Gaza City on July 20, 2014. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)