“Think of it as Dating” Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

By: Kate Grove

FIRST “DATE”

BE EARLY! Practice your morning commute to ensure you arrive early on the first day and then KEEP IT UP!  Always arrive a few minutes early to the office, to meetings and to conference calls.

BE REALISTIC

Don’t expect too much! As an intern you may have to do some “grunt work” around the office, BUT DON’T GET DISCOURAGED! Try not to complain or slack off either.  Just because the task you’ve been given isn’t the most exciting thing you’ve ever done doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it your best effort. Employers like people who will, “take what is thrown at them, do it well and come back for more.” However, if you seem to be spending more than 50% of your time doing “irrelevant” work, talk to your supervisor to ask about other opportunities you could get your hand in!

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

Don’t underestimate the power of conversation! Casual conversation in the break room could yield valuable information. You never know when your supervisor may be taking his/her break! Use this time to interact more casually and ask not only “how” questions but “why” questions as well. Employers will appreciate your eagerness to “take it all in” and learn more.

LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE

Don’t expect to be taught everything. An internship provides a very different learning environment from the classroom. Take personal responsibility for what you learn during this experience. Pitch in where ever you can, stay positive and reflect on what you enjoy throughout the summer. Keep a journal or some other record of what you’ve accomplished, learned and experienced. This will come in handy later when you’re updating your resume.

TRY TO “REMAIN FRIENDS”

Whether the experience didn’t quite work out as you thought it would or was the best thing that ever happened to you, remember that you still probably gained some valuable skills during this internship! If possible try to save copies of any work you may have done to save for your portfolio. Also, at the end of your internship make sure to write a letter to your supervisor and/or anyone who was particularly helpful during your experience. Let them know you appreciate the time they invested in you this summer and keep in touch.

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  1. Kate,

    I love the title and theme of this blog! Pretty creative, and so true.

    -Rachel

    Reply

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