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Summer Internship Tips

Some tips to keep in mind as you anticipate an internship experience:

  • Establish goals for the experience: personal, skills, and career knowledge
  • Learn the company culture and dress and behave accordingly.
  • Be on time. Being late is inconsiderate. If it is unavoidable, contact your supervisor.
  • Carry a notepad and pen with you at all times. Write down instructions and questions.
  • Before asking questions, think through a possible solution, then when presenting your questions, explain your thinking process and where you got stuck.
  • Communicate – let your supervisor know where you are in your tasks, when they are complete.
  • Always proofread anything you are to submit.
  • Ask ‘Why?’ and be observant of both people and methods. An employee is valuable not only for the work he/she can perform, but also for knowing why things are done in certain ways.
  • Reach out – ask people to have lunch with you; seek ways to learn what people around you do.
  • Do not make/receive personal phone calls, texts or conduct personal internet searches on company time – no matter how bored you are. This is a fast way to ruin the respect people have for you.
  • Ask for More – When you are ready for more challenging tasks, or if you don’t have enough work to keep you busy, tell your supervisor.
  • Track accomplishments – keep a log of projects you’ve worked on and skills you’ve developed; ask if you can distribute later, examples of your work (LinkedIn, job interview portfolio).
  • Reflect – how does the environment feel to you? Do you enjoy the people, work, culture? If not, think about what you want to do in your next internship!
  • Ending – have an exit interview with your supervisor, leave a Thank you note, ask about future opportunities there, ask for job references, and stay in touch!
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