Get a Head Start on Your Career
One of the best ways to gain experience for your future career is starting an internship. These are beneficial for not only building up your resume but also networking with people in your field and potentially landing you a full-time job after you finish college. As an intern myself, here are a few things that I’ve learned…
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
Starting an internship can be intimidating, especially because you have no idea what you are doing. Although you aren’t expected to know things right away, it is important that you learn quickly so you can have an easier transition. Always do what you are told and even if you aren’t 100% sure, always ask. This is your time to learn, so sitting there being confused about something isn’t going to help anyone.
Being on time is a must. You should treat your internship like a real job, because it is one! Show your supervisor that you are serious about the position. This also means dressing appropriately, maintaining eye contact and speaking professionally..
This one is pretty self explanatory. Every task should be taken seriously and done correctly. This isn’t school where mistakes only affect your success. You are working for an organization and it is important that you show your best work.
Be Easy to Work With
Collaborate well with other co-workers, accept assignments without complaint, ask for more work when your done and listen carefully to instructions. Nobody likes a “Negative Nelly” so come in with a positive attitude!
Share Your Ideas
Sometimes interns are left with nothing to do. Come up with new projects to do but get them cleared by your supervisor first. Show him/her that you are creative and willing to go the extra mile.
This is your time to shine and learn as much as you possibly can. After the internship is done you will have gained lots of valuable experience and a reference which is always very handy. And don’t forget to have fun!