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How to be a successful intern

On March 2, 2016, Posted by , In Students, With 1 Comment

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.

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

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