Re: Internships

Subject: Re: Internships
From: The Tech Writer <techwrtr -at- CRL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 1996 09:16:21 -0700

> While she's working as my intern/assistant this Summer, I plan to do a lot of
> one-on-one mentoring so she can acquire some professional indexing skills,
> become proficient in using CINDEX, and conform to clients' guidelines. I can't
> pay her for her time during these mentoring sessions; after all, that's
> non-billable time for me. However, I will pay her a reasonable per-page rate as
> a subcontractor for all the indexing work she does (on some projects that will
> look *very* good on her resume).

The drawback of the non-paid portion of her work should be more than
compensated for by the names she'll be able to drop on her resume, and the
samples that (presumably) she'll be able to use for her portfolio. The
one-on-one nature of the job will also make a big difference. She'll
be working with a contractor, also a big plus (it's harder to be a
contractor, and she'll get to see why, without taking the chances,
herself). You should make a big effort to get her well-connected in the
field, since that, in my own short experience, is one of the most
important things to do to find future work.

-David Castro
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