It’s August and a lot of you students are on vacation. Or maybe you recently graduated and you’ve just gotten the internship that you’ve had your eyes out for. Whatever the case is, these tips might help you make the most out of your time at the company…
Oh, and so what if you’re not getting paid six figures or even any money at all, you can still have a blast at your internship:
It makes absolute sense for you to meet your co-workers and introduce yourself to them. Don’t forget to ask questions and familiarize yourself with the inner workings of the company. This will be very useful if you decide to work for the company past the internship or if you want recommendation letters from them.
No African time
You need to make it a habit to be punctual so that you can set a good impression about yourself. You should also make sure you arrive early for meetings as well beat the deadlines. Summer internships are usually for a short period of time, anyway. So, give it your very best.
As an intern, you should be able to meet with your superior and ask what is expected of you. This will help you set the appropriate targets and goals. You could set weekly goals and evaluate what you have achieved at the end of the week. This will help you get prepared for the following week.
Your mentor could really be any one you look up to eg. fellow workers, managers, supervisors, and so on. Make sure you find someone within the work environment who possesses the same principles, values, and interests as you. Your mentors will be there to guide and advise you when you have difficult decisions to make.
You should keep to-do lists of all your tasks and deadlines so you don’t forget anything. Keep your work space neat. Also, be sure to take notes during meetings.
Definitely not the time to be texting and chatting. It’s time for you to prove yourself. There’s always time for your phone later. Obviously, don’t get into anything illegal at work.
- Work on your personal brand.
Depending on the kind of company you’re interning for and what kind of internship it is, this could be an avenue for you to start working on how you are seen – your wardrobe, your hair, your appearance. You should start exploring and experimenting your wardrobe. You should practice defining your personal brand by the kind of stuff you wear to work.
Even though you’re not a full-time employee, it does not mean that you should not be professional. Dress appropriately, follow orders, be punctual and do not be the office gossip. Be very careful about what you say and who you say it to. Even though you’re not getting paid, it is not an excuse to act unprofessionally. Who knows? The company might be looking for hire you full time when the time comes.
No, I don’t mean you should update your Instagram with your coolest photos. I’m talking about Linkedin. You should be able to update your professional profile and make sure that you have presented yourself as a professional person. Employers and people who recruit want to be able to see that you are serious about your professional development. You should also make sure that your involvement with social media isn’t harming your prospects. Stop being messy on Twitter!
Reflect and evaluate
There’s usually an evaluation exercise at the end of every internship but even if there’s none, you should ask for one. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Just find out what you did right and what you did wrong and also how you can improve. This will help you greatly, as you move forward.
Have you just started an internship? How’s it going? Do you have any advice for people who just started a new internship? Let us know!