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It’s a proud moment when you finally make the transition from campaign intern to full time campaign staffer. You are most likely feeling accomplished and full of excitement to be officially offered a spot on the payroll. However, there are some things no one is reminding you when they comment “congrats” on your Facebook status. Here five things that no one mentions about the transition from intern to staffer.

  1. People will have higher expectations of you: When you are a campaign intern, you’re expected to do the dirty work, show up early and leave late, and essentially stay out of the way while doing busy work. Once you’re promoted to a full time staff member position, you won’t be looked at as just an intern. You will have a set of responsibilities tailored around your skill set. There are now deadlines that you must meet and other people that may even consult with you about their work. This sounds intimidating, but it’s just another way to develop professionally.  Take this new challenge by the horns.

  2. Your friends that are still interns may turn a cold shoulder: Like many people, you will develop some amazing friendships during your time as an intern. If you move on to a paid, full-time position and your friends do not, there might be some jealousy.  You may notice a change in how your friends act toward you. My advice is to make sure you keep in contact with them.  Make an effort to keep the friendship alive. After a while the animosity will fade and your friendship will return to normal.

  3. You may have to revamp your wardrobe: Most campaign interns spend a good amount of time in the campaign headquarters. This means you are typically wearing jeans and a nice top. Once you’re in an office or more professional setting you may need to go shopping for some more professional clothing. This can be really exciting but also a little intimidating. Be sure to do your homework and research some style tips for how to look your best.

  4. Work-Life Balance can become a challenge: When you were an intern, you most likely got to pick your own hours because you had classes. Now that you are a full-time employee, you will most likely be working 9-5. This can be tricky to adapt to when you have gotten so used to making your own schedule. Try to stay organized, buy a planner if you need to, and keep track of all your responsibilities and activities.

  5. You started from the bottom, but you’re still kind of at the bottom: You may think that once you’re hired, the hustle is over.  That is far from the truth. You’re new all over again and you have to pay your dues, just like you did during your intern days. Take this as a challenge though, being at the bottom as an intern got you here, see where this can lead you.

    Rachel N.
    FFL CONTRIBUTOR
    Rachel is from Columbus, Ohio where she is a public liaison to the Ohio Governor. She's a lover of Pomeranians, America, and all things chambray. One of her proudest moments was surviving a year at a liberal arts college.

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