Congratulations! You’ve scored an internship. You’re about to begin laying the foundation for your future as a professional, get valuable hands-on experience, and increase your chances of finding a full-time job. If you’re feeling a little nervous, we’ve got some tips to help shake the first-day jitters and rock your internship.
1. Be Prepared
Do your research. Read up on the company’s purpose, history, and culture. Explore the industry and industry buzzwords. Ask your supervisor for any reading or work you should do before your first day.
2. Show Your Commitment
Show up to work on time, and finish your work by the deadline. Ask questions if you have them, and express your interest and enthusiasm for your work. Don’t be afraid to ask your supervisor for feedback on your projects. You’ll learn about which areas to focus on and improve so that you can make the most of your internship.
Your internship offers a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from people of all ages and backgrounds. Introduce yourself and try to meet everyone in the office (or at least your department). You’ll get insight into the inner workings of your company, and you’ll probably pick up a few extra projects along the way. You may even find yourself a mentor!
4. Seize Opportunities
Your internship is what you make of it. There will be times when you’re not working on a specific task. Instead of sitting around, ask your supervisor for additional work. By asking for more responsibilities, you may land a project you can highlight on your resume and promote in future job interviews.
5. Give Your Best
Internships help you understand a specific industry or position. They also help you determine if it’s a career or passion you want to pursue. So, why not give it your best? You’ll get the most out of it if you do your best at every task.
When your internship is complete, thank your supervisor for the opportunity! If you loved the internship, consider asking about extending it or applying for a part-time position. These tips will help you walk away with a valuable experience that teaches you about the workplace and allows you to forge relationships with professionals.