If you’re around my age (20, but I’ll be 21 in 4 weeks!), you’ve probably had an internship, are currently interning for the summer, or will intern at some point in the future.
I’ve compiled a short but solid list of tips to help you succeed and earn kudos from your boss in the process.
1. Show Up
Take the initiative to show up before everyone else. For me, work begins at 8. However, I’m in the office at 7 am every morning. That way, me, myself, and my hot green tea can have a little quiet time. And you’ll also get a head start on your work! Yes, it might be early, but it’s worth it.
2. Read Up
If you’re new to my blog, first and foremost, welcome! I’m currently interning in Zambia, which is in central Africa. Of course I did some mainstream research such as what’s the weather like, how’s the food, what is there to do, etc., but I failed to research information that would actually help me with my internship. i.e. Who is the president? How’s the economy? Who are our clients? (Definitely know your company’s clients, for my fellow PR majors!)
Knowledge of the company you’re working for not only shows how much you care, but it also shows that you’re not just using the opportunity as a resume builder.
3. Speak Up
During internal meetings (meetings with your boss and co-workers), interact with your team! Remind them why they chose YOU out of hundreds of other applicants. Ask questions. Know what’s happening in the news, in the office, and knows what’s going on with clients so that you can contribute to the conversation. You’ll look useful, and that’s always a plus.
Last, but not least:
4. Shut Up
At the end of the day, you’re an intern. Yes there will be days that you disagree with something that was said, or don’t like how it was said. Breathe. Take criticism like a champ. Write it down. Do better.