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How to Excel at Your Internship

You spent months and months perfecting your resume, gathering recommendation letters. and searching endlessly on Google to find the perfect internship. It was tough, and you probably received a lot of rejections, but your hard work finally paid off becuase you landed an internship. Congratulations!

So what if it doesn’t pay? So what if you’re only acting as an assistant? An internship is an internship.

Ok then, but what’s next?

Now is when the real work comes in. You landed the spot so it’s time to time show that company why they chose you out of all of the other candidates.

Every intership is different, but there are some simple things that anyone can do to leave a lasting impression and (hopefully!) turn that internship into a full-time job.

1. Ask Questions

Never hesitate to ask any questions you may have about anything. You’re an intern, your supervisors know that you do not know everything and are there to gain experience. Asking questions will not only show that you are willing to learn, but that you are also interested in what you are doing.

2. Get to Know Everyone

So the office you work in is huge, but that still shouldn’t stop you from at least learning everyone’s name. Meeting new people and communicating is an essential aspect of any career so using your internship to practice that skill is important. Also, getting to know people is a great network-builder; you never know when you will need a favor or a reference and Meghan from a few cubicles down may be useful. Also, it’s a great way to make new friends!

3. Dress to Impress

Most places of business have a very strict dress code, while others may be super casual. No matter the scenario, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t express yourself. Always remain inside the guidelines set, but do make it a point to add a cute twist with a pop of color, some sparkly earrings, or a new hairstyle. If your office is casual, you may not want to get too comfortable; sweatpants are still generally unacceptable in the work place, no matter how comfty they are. Dressing to impress lets your employer know that you are putting your best foot forward and that you are stylish.

4. Take Your Work Home (Sometimes)

Depending on where you are interning at, taking your work home may be a necessity. Doing this work at home or in your free time shows that you have a real passion for what you are doing and that you’re dedicated. Also, it’s never a bad thing to get ahead of your work and finish early. However, you do not want to make this a constant; don’t stress yourself.

5. Be Yourself

One of the most important parts of being an intern is being yourself. They wanted you, so show them who you are! Don’t pretend to be someone else because you think that is what they want. Show that same quirky side you show with your friends! (respectfully of course!) Internships are hard work but they are also meant to be fun; they are a gateway to whatever career you have decided to persue for the rest of your life.




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Bri Mangum

Buff State

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