By MSBAPM Career Advisor: Katherine Duncan
Internships are one of the best ways to get your foot in the door and real-world experience! Take advantage of that! Whether you’re making copies, shadowing an employee, or getting to do your own work remember that this is your first step into the workplace so take it seriously.
Be the first in and last out. Although you may not be getting paid you should still show that you want to be there. Trust me, this won’t go unnoticed. You’ll be exposed to more, learn more, and be seen as a reliable member of the team.
Exceed expectations. Go the extra mile! It’s the little things that matter just as much as big ones so proof-read, double check for spelling and grammar, make sure never to cut corners!
Take initiative. Your boss may be busy with projects and deadlines so if you’re not getting enough direction to keep you busy then think of ways you can be useful. Even if it’s a small task it can show a lot about your work-ethic. Volunteer when possible to take on more responsibility.
Follow instructions to the letter. It might sound simple but attention to detail is important. No matter how small the task it shows that you’re up for the challenge!
Take a genuine interest in the job. Even if you don’t think that the internship will turn into a fulltime job you should still get invested in the work you do. Get the most out of your experience so you can take valuable skills with you!
Ask for feedback to improve. I’m sure you’re doing a great job, but you don’t know what you don’t know! You’re just getting started in your career so ask for ways that you can keep improving! Make sure not to inundate your boss with requests for feedback, but once in a while or right after a project is best! Your peers may have feedback for you as well that can be helpful.
Network with your coworkers. Start to cultivate connections now to help you in the future. Get to know those around you so that even if you don’t get a fulltime role perhaps they can offer guidance as you continue your search.
When your internship is coming toanend, schedule a meeting with your manager in order to reflect on your work. This is also a time to ask about company opportunities which shows interest and initiative. If there are no possibilities to turn your internship into a fulltime job then at least ask for a letter of recommendation. (Which is equally as valuable to help you in your future job search!)