Internships can be nerve-wracking, exhausting, empowering, insightful, and a lot of fun. You want to make the most of your internship and learn as much as you can while trying to stand out in a positive way so that the company may want to hire you in the future. If you want to learn how to set yourself apart from other interns, then follow these tips!
Tip #1: Always Take Notes
If you are invited to a meeting, be sure you are taking notes of important information. Jot down who was at the meeting, what topics were discussed and if there are any action items that need to be addressed. Your boss might ask you a question about the meeting or want you to send out meeting minutes to the attendees so you are going to want to make sure your notes are handy. Your boss will be impressed that you took initiative without he or she having to tell you to take notes during the meeting.
Taking notes also helps you stay on track. Especially during the first few weeks of your internship, you will be receiving a lot of new information and when you are nervous, you aren’t going to remember things as well. If you write them down, you will remember the tasks you are responsible for and you won’t have to rely on your memory later on.
Tip #2: Always Be Prepared
If someone calls you into their office or you get pulled into a meeting last minute, make sure you bring a notepad and pen just in case you need to write things down and chances are, you will. Bring a laptop if you have access to one as well. Going to a meeting with nothing, sends the signal that you are not prepared and that you are not taking your job seriously. You want to send a message that you are organized and attentive to detail. Your boss doesn’t always have time to take notes and will rely on you to get the specifics for him or her. This is where you can really stand out. Try to think about what could be helpful to your boss or coworkers such as sending them the notes about the meeting afterwards. They will thank you for this.
Tip #3: Interact With Your Coworkers
Your coworkers really want to get to know you and it makes the day go by faster when you interact with them. You don’t have to spend all day talking with them, but at least in the morning or at lunch you can ask them how their day is going and try to get to know them on a personal level. These are people that you are going to be spending a lot of time with even if it is only for a few months so, you want to build up a level of trust and a good relationship with them. Remember that these people are the ones that can potentially give you a reference in the future or a full time job.
Tip #4: Ask Questions
It’s better to ask a question as soon as you don’t understand something rather than thinking you mind understand it later. Don’t be afraid to ask questions for fear that you might sound unintelligent. People will understand that you are still learning and will be more than willing to answer your question and make sure you are successful. If something doesn’t make sense after you talk to someone or after a meeting, don’t be afraid to clarify. Try to fully understand what you were having trouble with. If possible, stay in the office of the person who is helping you until you understand. If he or she needs to leave, make sure you follow up with them or schedule another meeting. Then once you know the answer, write it down so you don’t have to ask again.
Tip #5: Have a Positive Attitude
Being resilient to stress not only affects you in a positive way, but everyone else around you. Your coworkers and boss will appreciate that you have a positive attitude and that you don’t complain about the tasks you are given. Even when you are stuck with those tasks that nobody else has the time for, make sure you give them your all and people will notice your efforts. Remember that you want to prove that you would be a good candidate for a job at the company or at least to get a good reference from the people you work with. Being able to get along with everyone at work will help you with that.
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