Parents of interns have a new set of stresses to help their kids to deal with. For many college students an internship is their first time at a “real” job and also their first time truly living on their own – no dorm security (or meals), no adult supervision, not as many friends for support. It’s an exciting time but it comes with a lot of anxiety and stress. How can you help them deal with it?
- Text them. Let them know you’re thinking about them. Don’t expect a response and don’t harass them if they don’t respond. They’re busy making a name for themselves.
- Admit you didn’t always know everything. Before they make their first earth shattering mistake at work – and let’s face it, everything can be earth shattering the first time – make sure they know you’ve made mistakes too. Tell them about that time you broke the copier or missed a meeting. They need to know it’s not the end of the world.
- Send reminders of home. In a world filled with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, remember that a printed picture doesn’t need to be turned on. It can be comforting when they walk in the door to see a picture of the family or a nice card in the mail with words of support.
- Feed them. There’s no meal service. Send them gift cards to restaurants. Send them ready to eat meals. One of the first things people skip when they are stressed is cooking.
Remember, this is their career; they need to work hard to impress. They need your support but they have to do this on their own and they have to do it their way. Hard work is rewarded… even if your baby doesn’t think it will ever happen.