School is out for the summer. Now what? I smell internship!
One of the best things I did as a kid during the summer was help my mom at the doctor’s office. She was the office manager at a large medical clinic and a pro at managing people. In fact, she could easily find something for a bored person to do. She made sure that I was never bored. I’m sure that is where my hustle was developed – THANKS MOM! XOXO.
I worked every summer for my mom with the exception of one. The one summer I skipped was so that I could help my Aunt Kay peel and shuck corn. PLEASE. NEVER. AGAIN. My Aunt Kay will tell you that corn shucking is not my strong point. I can eat it pretty good though. 🙂
My Mom would have me do everything from taking out the trash to filing charts at the doctor’s office. I vividly remember one particular day that I sat in the break room folding letters for HOURS. I must have folded 5000+ letters… which eventually I had to stuff those letters into envelopes, stamp and mail them. BUT do you know what I can do really well now? Fold letters. Believe it or not… that simple task is important to know when you’re mailing professional letters for your business. I’ve used that skill at several jobs since.
Sometimes I would get a little kickback for helping, but most of the time it was just a lot of praise; which I never minded. As I got a little older, I learned to appreciate working for my mom at her workplace. It taught me that working hard brings a strong sense of accomplishment and self-value. I didn’t need a paycheck to feel rewarded. The fact that I simply did what I was told to the best of my ability brought me comfort. Serving and helping others for the sake of helping others was satisfactory to me. Had my Mom not forced me to do those summer internships at her office, I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to learn that concept.
For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do. Hebrews 6:10
My Mom will tell you that I helped her to accomplish more at work during those summer months. She handed me the projects around the office that no one wanted or had the time to do. I think it was a win-win for both of us.
So… let’s fast forward through a few summers. I was the kid who started babysitting and pet sitting at 11 years old only to become officially employed by age 15. The school bus would drop me off at the Allergy Clinic (my first paying job) and my Mom would pick me up on her way home from work. The best part of working: I had my own paycheck! That, of course, forced me to manage money at an early age. I remember being pure giddy when my Mom took me to open my first bank account. I kept my check book balanced and planned how to spend every penny. Go ahead, call me a nerd! Cuz I absolutely loved it.
So, what is the point of all this? The point is this: Working at an early age taught me a ton of valuable lessons. It also created a solid foundation for me to work extremely hard in college and eventually launch my own career.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
Do you have kids that are out for summer? Maybe an internship is just what they need…
Here are 30 ways that your kids or an intern can help around the office:
- Social Media Management
- Deep cleaning the office
- That old filing you keep putting off
- Organizing the Storage/Supply Closet
- Enter email addresses into your newsletter database
- Clean out the office refrigerator
- Cut the grass and trim the bushes
- Take inventory
- Label all of your equipment with the company name
- Wash company cars
- Organize your marketing materials
- Have them ride with your sales guy and distribute flyers to neighbors
- Fold letters and bills to be mailed to your customers
- Hand-write customer Thank You Notes
- Water your office plants
- Take a computer hardware inventory
- Organize your digital files
- Scan all your old paperwork so that you can become paperless
- Shred old documents
- Type labels for all your file folders
- Update your reference guides/manuals with current data
- Take lunch orders for staff meetings
- Run important documents to other employees, vendors, or clients
- Open the mail and distribute to employees
- Keep the office lobby clean and organized
- Clean and organize the office tool box
- Become the office “hostess” who greets customers
- Take customer Surveys
- Keep refreshments going for customers
- Keep the bathrooms cleaned and stocked
Do you have MORE ideas? Comment them below and I’ll add them to the official list above. 🙂