Part of being a college student is participating in internships along the way. Whether it’s with a large corporation or a smaller company, your goal is to try your best and take away as much as possible during your time there. Not only are internships resume builders, they’re a great way to learn valuable skills from people in your field! It’s not just about landing the internship but about what you do during your time there. Here’s a list of tips from our very own IMC intern that can help you shine!
1. Ask questions: One of the biggest mistakes interns make is that they’re too afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask if you’re given an assignment in which you don’t understand completely. You’ll have an office full of people eager to help and answer any questions you may have. The only way to ensure that you produce the best results possible is to really know what you’re being asked to do. Questions are crucial!
2. Be organized and top of your work: Organization is a major key to success and this takes place in many forms. Keep a planner to jot down all ideas, assignments, and to-do lists. Check off tasks that you accomplish as you go through your lists. It’s a great way to keep track of your tasks and goals. Remember to also take notes at meetings and brainstorming sessions to have some notes to refer back to. You won’t be behind on any work by reminding yourself of what you need to get done this week.
3.Push yourself: A new internship is a new opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. It’s important to challenge yourself on a daily basis and test the waters. Try something you don’t have much experience in and someone will be right next to you to help you through it! If you’re interested in writing, ask to write a press release or some form of copywriting. Find something where you can let your potential shine!
4. Ask for feedback: Depending on where you intern, you probably won’t get formal reviews from supervisors or managers. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t ask about your progress! If you’re working closely with another employee, reach out from time to time and ask about how you’re doing, what you’re doing well, what you can improve on, and your strengths and weaknesses. It’s a great way to shape you into who you aspire to be.
5. Keep track of your work: If you want to showcase your past work and accomplishments in some type of portfolio, don’t be afraid to ask for a copy of things you’ve worked on. Remember that you’re here to showcase your talents, and you’ll have to continue showcasing them in the years to come in order to land future jobs.