Dear Joe,

I’m really excited to hear about your internship opportunity and the fact that you’re actually preparing for it. Too many students just show up – I don’t know if that’s bad or good.

I get that you’re nervous about your internship, but I think that’s a good thing. If you walked into their offices thinking you know everything, then – we’ve got a problem here. But do remember that they were all once where you are now: eager, nervous and ambitious.

Whether you are required to do it for class or not, may I ask you to do one thing? Journal your entire experience. And before you piss-off the whole idea as some new-age nonsense, think about it: you’re going to be doing your internship in New York City at one of the top multimedia firms and a lot is likely to come rushing at you at once and before you blink twice, your internship will be over.

I would hate for you not to take advantage of all the lessons to be learned here, so do the following (preferably everyday or every couple of days):

– note the one person that challenged you and how

 – note one thing you did well and how to leverage it

– note one thing you could do to make things easier for everyone around you

 – very briefly summarize your day(s) and include anything random that may have occurred.

I promise you’ll go back and read these notes and if you didn’t learn the lesson at the time, you will realize the lesson later.

I can’t wait to hear how you are finding the internship!