I’m gonna intern at a startup starting Monday and their contract has stuff like:
- The Intern will demonstrate honesty, punctuality, courtesy, cooperative attitude, proper health and grooming habits, appropriate dress and a willingness to learn.
- Under no circumstances will Intern leave the internship without first conferring with Intern’s supervisor.
- Intern may take on reasonable additional or different duties when Company ask Intern, to meet Company reasonable business need, related to internship.
- At any time, the Company or the Intern can end this agreement by giving written notice (including by email) to the other party. Whenever this agreement ends, the Confidentiality & Intellectual Property Assignments section below will continue to apply indefinitely.
I think that the first 2 bullet points are weird. I’ve never had a contract say that you must be X, Y and Z (of course it’s implied but it has never been stated explicitly). And I’ve def never signed anything that said “YOU CANNOT LEAVE WITHOUT EMAILING US FIRST.”
I've worked in abusive startup environments and not even their contracts had the "better not leave without telling us."
I am trying to determine whether they are a control freak or whether they are just assuming some people don't know how to be professional (they were recruiting college students and idk maybe some of them have never been in this environment before).
I’ve checked the founder’s socials and LinkedIn and it seems fairly normal and like they had a lot of professional experience before the startup. They also recruited at a startup career fair at my school so it’s not just some random stranger I guess.
I’ve tried to talk to former interns but they haven’t responded to my messages yet.
Reflecting back on the interview process, I went like this:
Step 1: Meet them at career fair, introduce yourself a bit, they scheduled longer conversations with the people they liked
Step 2: The “longer conversation” was a bit weird; they asked a lot of random questions and it didn’t feel like an interview, more like a conversation.
One thing that was weird during the interview was that the boss said, “Don’t sign a lease for the next school year yet.” It felt very informal and not relevant to the interview. They also didn't really seem attentive to my responses and asked a bunch of questions that were just all over the place.
It wasn’t because they’re gonna provide me housing, they just said “lol just save your money.”
Step 3: Had to find 20 influencers and come up with an outreach strategy
Step 4: Sent over the forms with the weird stuff above
If anyone is experienced with hiring at a startup, can anyone comment on whether this is weird or not?