The value of a great intern: When the student becomes the teacher.

July 23, 2010

I applaud any businesses that take the time, pride, resources, and professionalism to hire interns. And more importantly create an environment of learning that focuses on preparation and realism that can’t be taught out of a book.

And every once in awhile you’ll get a recent grad or current student who simply “gets it”. And I don’t mean a young person who knows it all and has the savvy of a seasoned vet. I mean someone who knows his place, understands his lack of experience, and who simply wants to soak up information to make himself better.

We were lucky enough to have one of those kids recently. And yes, I can call him a kid. When I was listening to LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells in ’86, the hospital was playing bells as he was just being born. What he brought to the table was a fresh, passionate, and intense desire to grow. He wore a tie everyday because he wanted to present himself as someone who was serious about his work. He asked questions, he wanted more, he wanted to own something.

How inspiring. And how to make an impression. I have no doubt this young man will be a success. His work ethic, attitude, and grit to tackle problems and conversations directly proved to me that the only person that will stop him, would be himself.

So Sean, don’t lose the fire, never stop learning, push yourself to be great, set your expectations high, have fun, and thank you. Thank you for reminding me that the more we teach, the more we learn.


One comment

  1. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    Seriously, Sean, you’re the man.

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