Tips to Help You Survive Your Internship

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The hard work is over, you've landed the internship! Congratulations, but the hurdle isn't cleared yet. Getting the internship is one step, but surviving it is another. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you get ahead in the opportunity and stand out for future jobs.

Make a good first impression

Your first impression will follow you throughout your time at your internship. Showing up early, dressing for success, and maintaining a positive, ready-to-learn attitude will allow you to make a great first impression.

 

Shorten your morning routine

Early wake up calls can be difficult. A shorter morning routine allows you to sleep longer and show up early. Morning showers can be very time-consuming, but for some, they are a necessity. To cut down on your shower time, pick a song that’s roughly 4-5 minutes and play it on repeat. I personally listen to “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles, and try to finish my shower before the song starts over. If the song does start over, I know I need to get out of the shower as soon as possible.

 

Prepare your sleep schedule ahead of time

Not getting a decent night of sleep before your first day at your internship can cause you to be sluggish. Even worse, oversleeping may cause you to be late or rushed in the morning. For a week or two before your internship begins, try to go to bed early and wake up at the time you will once your internship begins.

 

Avoid office gossip

Gossip is human nature, but can cause a slew of problems. If you find yourself getting dragged into office gossip, try to change the topic. If this doesn’t work, refrain from joining in or repeating anything, and leave the conversation when possible.

 

Prevent blisters

Wearing heels and flats for long hours can cause brutal blisters. One of the best ways to combat blisters is prevention. Clear tape and tough-strip Bandaids protect your skin and allow you to wear those adorable shoes that are a bit too snug.

 

Have a helpful attitude

If you’ve completed all the tasks given by your boss, and he/she has nothing else for you to do, reach out to other employees and ask if there’s anything you can help with. Being helpful allows you to build relationships, and shows that you are a team player.

 

Save money by bringing your lunch to work

Eating out every day becomes expensive quickly. Bringing your own lunch allows you to spend less money on food, and take a shorter lunch break. Preparing your meals the night before, or even at the beginning of the week, shortens your morning routine

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Sarah Grace is currently a Junior studying Accountancy at Auburn University. She is the treasurer of Her Campus Auburn. Her hobbies include exploring the outdoors, jigsaw puzzles, and gardening.

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