» ADVICE FOR A SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
Patience is key. Sometimes frustrations arise while the intern is trying to adapt to the culture and language. Interns often have trouble adjusting to the casual work environment and a more relaxed concept of time. These early frustrations make many interns feel like they want to quit, but it is important that interns are patient and give themselves time to adjust to their work environment.
Keep a positive attitude. It is also important to remember that the social, economic and environmental problems of Nicaragua are deep-rooted and not easily resolved. Some interns may feel frustrated by a lack of progress or feel that they are not doing anything to make a difference. Remember, the project you carry out is often one requested or needed by the organization and will help to meet their overall goals. Every little bit helps, and what is left behind will have a long-lasting impact on the organization and their efforts. Often times the day-to-day sharing of ideas and experiences has a profound impact on the intern and the people that work in the organization. Keeping this in mind will help to maintain a positive attitude and to accomplish your goals and the goals of your host organization.
Be independent and take initiative. Many of the organizations we work