How to be a successful intern
An internship is not only a way to get your foot in the door, but it is also an opportunity to sharpen your skills and enhance your resume.
- Know the Company
It is important to be prepared before your first day.
- Take it Seriously
Regardless of pay, your internship should be treated as you would any job.
- Ask Questions
If you don’t understand what is expected of you, make sure to get clarification.
- Get to Know the Employees
Socialize with your colleagues, but keep appropriate boundaries.
- Build Relationships
These could prove helpful later on down the line if you are seeking permanent employment.
- Find a Mentor
Seek out a senior employee that can give you insight into the company and the job.
- Be a Self-Starter
Volunteer for tasks often, but make sure you only take on as much as you can finish.
- Accept Menial Tasks
Companies utilize interns for jobs that they can’t afford for their regular employees to spend time on.
- Adapt to Surprises
Your position may take you outside the scope of your initial understanding of the job.
- Manage Your Time
Good references and future opportunities come from efficiency.
- Track Your Accomplishments
Keep a journal of your responsibilities and achievements to reference later on resumes.
- Be Professional
Show that you are much more than just a “college student.”
- Dress For Success
It helps when employers can visualize you as part of their staff.
- Stay Off of Your Phone
Limit personal phone calls and texts to your breaks.
- Ask For Feedback
Make sure you take advantage of the learning opportunities.