Treat It Like The Real Deal: 5 Ways To Make The Most Of An Internship
Whether it’s for credit or dollars, the majority of college students are spending their summers at internships.
We’ve been told countless times about the importance of internships and why they're essential for any success in our desired careers.
There are typically two types of internship experiences: Those where the interns simply get coffee and those where interns are allowed to take full advantage of the opportunities and gain experience and knowledge.
Whatever type of internship experience you’re dealing with this summer, there will always be ways to make the most of it. Here's how:
Never Be Afraid To Ask Questions
Part of any internship experience is to learn.
Employees don’t expect you to know everything within the first week of working, so don't be afraid to ask questions or request feedback.
It’ll always be better to ask questions than to simply wing projects until sh*t hits the fan.
Asking questions also forces you to become engaged in your work. Internships don’t last forever, so make the most of your experience and absorb as much information as possible.
Dress For Success
Part of succeeding in your internship or job is being confident. It’s no secret that when you look good, you feel good about yourself. So, dressing up for work will only ever benefit you.
Looking put together is another way to show the company you care about your job.
Even if the internship has a set uniform, keep your hair on fleek and make sure you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed.
Employers want to hire interns they can show off to other departments in the office.
Putting effort into your outside appearance, especially in the working world, will only benefit you in the long run.
Do Your Homework
Nothing impresses an employer more than speaking to someone who clearly has done the research.
Doing your outside work shows you care, and more importantly, it shows you’re dedicated to this internship.
If you start the day off prepared, it’ll allow you to focus more on your work, and it will give you a better chance to showcase your skills.
Showing you care enough about work to do some extra research at home not only makes your job easier, but makes you seem like a more desirable candidate in the eyes of a future boss.
Always Be Willing To Go The Extra Mile
You’ll be surprised by how much a little gesture can impact someone’s day.
It's common sense that if you do good deeds, karma (or the workplace) will reward you.
Your boss and other higher-ups will always remember the one time you offered to get someone’s coffee or helped another employee file something quickly, and they will be sure to put in the good word.
Although it seems silly, bosses notice everything.
Whether it’s doing small favors to help someone out or coming in early to get ahead on work, it will make you stand out in a positive light.
Work Like The Underdog
What's the one thing all people with mega success stories have in common? They all seem to start off working harder than everyone else.
The goal of an internship is to get a full-time job offer, and the best way to get your dream job is to do everything physically possible to achieve it.
Underdogs, or in this case, interns, are at the bottom of the pyramid. No one knows just how much they can achieve since they often get overlooked.
If you work harder than everyone else and treat yourself like the underdog with something to prove, you’ll one day be able to hire your own interns.