Originally Posted: Summer 2016
By: Vlad Kovacevic
Congratulations! You have gotten that internship you have worked so hard for! Now as you have achieved a major goal throughout your college career, there are many things you could do to stand out and be successful in your upcoming internship. Interning not only provides you with a great experience, but can also lead to future opportunities. As you all know, your internship is important and making a good impression should be a top priority. Here are some tips for how you could be successful this summer from USA Today:
- Be ready: Come in ready to go. Be mentally prepared to do whatever task needed at 110%. Make sure you are clean cut and everything is pressed and looking sharp. By having the right mindset not only will you be ready to work hard but also come in with a positive attitude. Make a great impression!
- Learn the company culture: Pay attention to what others do. For example, if other employees are early to meetings then you should be also, if people are quiet during phone calls then you should be too. Find out what others are doing and emulate it. Follow the etiquette others do.
- Ask questions: Do not be afraid to ask questions. Everyone knows you are an intern. Employees realize you most likely have never done this type of work before. It is better to ask than find yourself making mistakes and being a problem for the company. Also, most employees have been in your shoes before. They realize you have no idea what you’re doing. Find out when’s the best time for you to talk to your supervisor and keep a list of questions so you do not forget to ask them about anything you need.
- Set goals: At the beginning of your internship, sit down with your supervisor and figure out goals in which you are trying to achieve. Meet up with this supervisor a few times throughout your internship and see where you are and what you can improve on. By setting goals, you could keep focused on what you are looking to achieve and what you need to do on a daily basis.
- Get to know your supervisor: Get coffee or set up some sort of meeting with your supervisor to hear their journey and learn about how they got to the position they are in right now. This is a great way to learn the steps they took so you could eventually get to their position.
These simple suggestions could help give you an edge and put you ahead. Some of these suggestions may seem minor but the little things can go a long way, especially in an internship. I hope you find this helpful and good luck this summer!