Wall Street’s ’10 Power Commandments for Interns’ Gets Re-Written for Radio
An email, written by a Barclay's banker, titled "Welcome to the Jungle," lays out "10 Power Commandments" for incoming interns to "live and die" by. It was leaked and has since gone viral. I decided to re-write them for the Radio industry.
(Wall Street Commandments in italics, taken from Business Insider)
1. Our group dresses very conservatively. Given that it is summer, no socks is accepted and, in fact, encouraged. (Men: On your first day at the desk, it is customary to wear a bowtie and/or suspenders).
Radio station dress code is pretty loose. Don't be alarmed if you see a DJ in a bathrobe or Snuggie. Feel free to wear anything.
2. Remember: this is a summer internship for a full-time offer. It won't be easy. If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Opening and closing your eyes might be the only thing easier than working at a radio station. If you're looking for a challenge join the Army.
3. We expect you to be the last ones to leave every night...no matter what. That's what good summer analysts do. (Also getting in earlier than me would be a power move - You should enjoy your casual 9:15AM PT arrival time this Friday, but I wouldn't get used to it).
Same rules apply.
4. During your first few weeks we ask that you direct all of your questions to Michael Lomio. Tell the other summers too, Michael is industry agnostic. If you ask me a question it will be noted.
Chances are you know more about what you're doing than we do. If you do have a question, go to Google.
5. Never take your jacket off at work. This is investment banking, ladies and gentlemen. Other groups may be more liberal when it comes to summer dress code, unfortunately were not.
Same rules apply. Only because the AC in the building keeps the temperature near freezing so you'll want to stay warm. (Obviously Wall Street is talking about a suit jacket. I'm talking about a winter one.)
6. You will be assigned junior "mentors". It is much appreciated if you would bring breakfast in for your respective "mentor." Some people are more particular about this than others.
Free food is almost as good as money in Radio. If you decide to butter us up with free food you'll do very well in this business.
7. I recommend bringing a pillow to the office (yoga mat works as well). It makes sleeping under your desk alot more comfortable, in the very likely scenario that you have to do that.
Staying overnight is frowned upon. The stations are haunted.
8. You are expected to allocate at least half your seamless web order for group appetizers/snacks for the month of June. No questions asked. Once the 2nd years leave, you can enjoy your $25 allocations.
You are expected to allocate half of your hours worked to stroking the DJ's egos.
9. Have a spare tie/scarf or two around. You never know when your associate will run out of napkins.
If DJ's run out of napkins they'll just use their sleeves. If they have no sleeves (see rule #1) you'll be expected to offer yours.
10. When you need to leave your desk there will be a sign out sheet outside your cubes. Please fill it out including where you went and for how long. This is important come the end of your internship.
If you have nothing to do, don't leave. Stay until your negotiated hours are up. Also, radio station personnel have funky schedules so if someone you were working with leaves for the day, glom on to someone else.