Now that I am more than halfway through my summer internship (it’s only 6 weeks), I fancy myself a bit of an expert in all things internships (just kidding). So after all the hard work and sleepless nights filling out those long online applications, going for countless interviews and being assessed a million times you have finally secured yourself an internship. Congratulations! But what now? I have come up with a few tips, based on my experience that I feel would be very helpful. Some of them might seem trivial but they still need to be said.
1. Research, research, research! Yes I know you already did your research about the company before you applied but this is different. Find out more about your department. If they use any specific software can you get hold of it and try it at home before you start work? How is the working environment like? This will aid you during your first few days when you are still unsure about what’s happening.
2. Be punctual! This goes without saying but you have to be on time, always! You know the saying, ‘It’s better late than never’? Well it does not apply here, you have to make a good impression. If nothing else, let them remember you as the ‘punctual intern’.
3. Socialise with your co-workers. I am not talking about going to get sloshed with them. But if the opportunity presents itself, have lunch with them. You will not get a chance to do that during office hours as everyone is busy with their work. That way they get to know more about you, all your achievements outside work and exactly what kind of person you are. They are more likely to remember you that way after you are gone.
4. Lastly, be the best in everything you do! Even if it is just making copies, make the best copies possible (I don’t know how that would work but you have to try). The whole point of an internship is to leave a lasting impression and if you do your work brilliantly, no one can deny you a job in the future.
Hopefully my little piece of advice will help you excel. Remember to use the Career Development Service for interview tips and for perfecting your CV and cover letter. Do drop your helpful tips in the comment section, I look forward to reading them.
Enjoy the rest of your week!