The worst way to get an internship…

In my book Wired For Coding, I explain the importance of experience and internships for college students. Internships provide experience as well as great networking opportunities, and landing a good internship will require lots of planning ahead.

Knowing the value of internships, when I received this email a few weeks ago, I got excited that someone was taking the initiative in an internship. The message was short and direct, it said:

I am inquiring if you have internship opportunities for college students?

My reply was open-ended, I can make an internship work for a motivated student. I replied with the following:

Thanks for making an outreach. We have done some internships in the past, and I’d be open to ideas that you have.

Most of the time, they never follow up, so I didn’t expect to hear anything from them. But, a few minutes later I did get a reply, and the reply shocked me.

I was inquiring on behalf of my daughter who is attending [local university]. She is studying [a computer degree] and is searching for an internship.  Her email is [kindly provided her email address]. Thank you so much for replying to me.  Maybe you can reach out to her with your opportunities and application?


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