Today was a lovely day, as it was my last day of classes AND the last day of my internship! This was my first internship ever, and it was an incredible experience. I learned a lot from it, so I’ve compiled a short list of tips for present and future interns!
1. Ask for Help
This pill was initially a bit hard to swallow. I think our generation is so driven that we often see asking for help as a sign of weakness, but really it’s a huge strength! It shows that you are interested in learning and accept the fact that you don’t know everything — two traits that are attractive to employers and colleagues!
2. Go the Extra Mile
When you’re an intern, you get a lot thrown at you at once, and sometimes it’s hard to juggle everything. This can make it difficult to put forth extra effort, as you can feel burned out halfway through the day. But I promise, going the extra mile every once in a while makes a big difference, and your supervisors (who you may need for letters of rec in the future!) will notice for sure.
3. Take Notes
This is probably the most important thing I took away from my internship. While working, I wrote EVERYTHING down. To-do lists, contact information, drafts for emails and website copy, you name it. While physical notes are a must, take mental ones as well. Observe people in the office, and notice who has got their stuff together. Take notes from the most successful people in the office, and learn from their example. After all, you’re hoping to get a job like theirs in the future!
4. End on a High Note
Internships are not forever. Work your hardest towards the end of your internship, and make your last day your best day. Sincerely thank your supervisor(s) with your words and a thank you note, and leave a good lasting impression. You never know what opportunities the company will have to offer in the future!
I hope these tips are helpful for anyone who currently is or would like to be an intern! After all, you’ve gotta do a few coffee runs before you get to be the CEO, right?