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10 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Internship

An internship is a perfect way to get your foot in the door and gain the experience needed to help you obtain a full-time job down the road. The following 10 tips will help you take full advantage of your time with the company you are interning for.

  1. Be on time and dress according to company guidelines: Being on time shows you take the job seriously. You want to keep a lasting impression and, dressing appropriately and showing up on time shows your employer you are professional.
  2. Take initiative by creating goals and sticking to them: Develop goals based on what you want to learn and achieve during the internship. The whole point of an internship is to be able to say you completed something, and by creating goals you ensure that you will achieve what made you want to be an intern in the first place.
  3. Don’t be intimidated: Everyone starts somewhere and was an entry-level employee, if not an intern, at the beginning of his or her career. Don’t be scared to talk to and be around the upper-level employees.
  4. Ask a lot of questions: If you are confused about a task, ask your co-workers. If you want to learn more about something, ask your co-workers. Don’t be timid about asking questions. Your co-workers will understand that you don’t have much experience and by asking questions it will show that you are trying to undertake your tasks correctly and are enthusiastic to learn.
  5. Go above and beyond for every task: Don’t just do the tasks given, go the extra mile and add things that your employer possibly didn’t ask for. This will show that you really do care about the job and want to be the best intern possible. In the long run, this will help create a great impression and lead to better letters of recommendations for a future job.
  6. Always be respectful and have a positive attitude: No one wants to be around someone that is disrespectful or a “Debbie Downer”. Even if you establish friendships with your co-workers you should always treat them with respect, after all it is a workplace.
  7. Establish relationships with co-workers: You can learn valuable knowledge from your co-workers if you make an effort to form a professional relationship with them. Networking is extremely crucial and you never know how they could help you down the line.
  8. Ask for feedback and accept constructive criticism: If you are told that you could be doing something better, don’t take it offensively. Take feedback constructively so you can do better next time.
  9. Learn about all roles in the company: Even if you are only interested in a specific job, take interest in other roles. There may be a role you didn’t know you were interested in and you will miss that opportunity if you are set on one path.
  10. Keep track of what you do: It can be hard to remember each and every task you do, so keep a journal or even just a note on your phone. You will thank yourself later when you are writing the job description on your resume or asked about specific duties in a job interview.

-Anna P., Accounts Intern