Internship season is upon us and I want to give you a few tips to help make the most of your time with a company!
I am no expert, but I did successfully complete two long-term internships while I was in school. My full-time job is with one of those companies. May 20, 2017 is the four-year anniversary of Nick, my new husband, and I meeting. I like to call it our “Meet-a-versary” It is also the day I started one of my internships. That’s right, folks. My husband and I met at work! That’s a different story for a different day though, so lets get started, shall we?
- Do not bring breakfast on your first day
- This includes doughnuts, tacos, kolaches, and anything else you can imagine. Just don’t do it. Upper management may like this but, you will appear desperate to your co-workers and you need them to like you. They are the people that are going to be involved with the most. They are going to help you learn the computer programs you are required to use and show you the ropes of the office. However, if you want to bring breakfast on a Friday, or once you get to know people, that is acceptable. Just not on your first day.
- Carry a pen and notepad with you at all times
- This was some of the best advice I received before interning. People are going to give you a lot of information and expect you to remember it. Write everything down so you can reference it later when you need it.
- Be friendly to everyone, but remember everyone is not your friend
- It can be easy to blur the lines, make sure you always remain professional. Now, I’m not saying don’t get close to anyone. All I am saying is the person down the hall does not need to know about the date you had on Friday night or all of the bars you went to Saturday. They will want to know… you shouldn’t tell them every detail because they will make sure everyone else knows too.
- Dress professionally
- Your regular college attire will not work in the real world. As much as I wish it were the case, comfort is not key when it comes to a full-time job.
- Act like you want to be there
- This is the most important tip I have. Your internship is a 4-6 month long interview, make sure you treat it that way. People notice your attitude and if you have a bad one, your chances of getting a full-time offer are slim to none.
I hope you found this information helpful. Let me know your favorite tip below!