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Do you have to have 1:1 with intern manager weekly?

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Software Engineering Intern at Qualcomma year ago

Do you have to have 1:1 with intern manager weekly or is it okay to just send them an email talking about what you accomplished during the week provided you meet with mentor daily.

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    Head of Engineering at Capgemini
    a year ago

    See my response on a very similar question here.

    Remember that 1-1s and providing updates are techniques in your arsenal, but I would clarify your underlying intent first. I'm reading between the lines here, but I sense that you're looking for ways to stay in touch with you manager and increase visibility to your accomplishments and perhaps highlight challenges you're facing.

    Let's say it's the former scenario. What I'd do first is make a project plan for yourself and look at what frequency are you able to make tangible progress? If you're running 2 week sprints as an example, that would be your starting point. Also ask, does your manager have visibility into your daily standups (assuming you have one). Depending on yes/no, adjust accordingly.

    I've had projects when my manager is in the trenches with me for 6+ hours a day, so there's no really need for any formal update meeting. In other situations, I've had very hands off managers who prefer a written weekly update and anything ad-hoc for time sensitive items.

    Overall, dig deeper on what your situation is and what you'd like to accomplish. You'll typically figure out what to do by going through this process or at least get very close.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a year ago

    So back at Meta, intern manager and mentor were effectively the same thing. It looks like they are 2 separate people for you, and the mentor is the hands-on one working with you directly. In this case, I think the email route is enough, but I would still try to have a 1 on 1 with your intern manager anyways.

    Since you're just starting your career, networking is really important and relationships are built up with direct interaction. There's a lot of value in meeting someone simply to make yourself register as a friendly, energetic face in their mind-space. Also, it's generally useful getting feedback from a more high-level perspective as well, similar to how an engineer should want feedback from both their tech lead and their manager.

    Here's some great resources about getting the most from mentorship and meetings:

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    Software Engineer @ Tesla
    a year ago

    Thanks for your question!

    What is your goal? Are you trying to secure a return offer?

    It depends on the manager but managers should not be making 1-1s 100% just status updates. That's what daily standup and other meetings are for.

    I use my 1-1s to dig deeper and for growth development.

    To answer your question, I usually do mine bi-weekly for 30-45 minutes. Yes, it includes status updates but only the most important ones.

    I also learned from Rahul to keep a log of our conversations, perhaps even a collaborative doc. Feel free to DM and I'll see if I can dig up the link, but it's on Taro!

    Hope that helps!

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    Software Engineering Intern at Qualcomm
    a year ago

    Yep am trying to get return offer for sure

Qualcomm is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Diego, California, and incorporated in Delaware.[3] It creates semiconductors, software, and services related to wireless technology. It owns patents critical to the 5G, 4G, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA mobile communications standards. Qualcomm was established in 1985 by Irwin M. Jacobs and six other co-founders.
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