Tips for Summer Internship
Working and trying your skills during summer is great. Finally you can put your knowledge to the test and earn valuable experience for your future. Whether your internship is paid or unpaid, the most important thing is experience and recognizing what you like to do.
To make an impression on your employer and earn some spending money, read about these target behaviors.
1. First impression.
As always, first impression is important. Your ultimate goal is to get good references from your employer and make internship a highlight for your resume. Appear professional every day. Be polite and punctual with every person. Dress carefully. Despite it is hot outside remember that you are going to work and not to the beach. If you were not given the information about the dress code, refer to your instructor.
2. Develop your knowledge and skills.
Before starting your internship, select a few skills you have that you need to be developed at this work. Find the ways you can do this and ask for opportunities. If you have a chance to listen to professional at work, do it. Attend meetings and write down the things you think are important. Use every chance to learn from the professionals.
3. Log your activities.
In the course of internship you will be asked to do many tasks, for example, writing reports and updates.Keeping track of everything you do is important because you’ll have a list of assignments which you can include in your resume when describing your internship.
4. Expect downtime.
You might be sent to an organization where the structure of internship is not structured. So there will be free time when you will be waiting for your next assignments. This time should not be wasted. Find something to do. For example, you can offer your help to other employees and show that you’re here to work.
5. Know expectations from you.
The company that offered you an internship is obviously expecting specific work from you. Be sure you understand what you need to do from the day one. If you have any questions, ask your supervisor but don’t bombard him or her with your requests. When there are some aspects you don’t understand, postpone them until next time but don’t abandon them because the deadline comes and you have to be ready.
Well, this is the most difficult and important thing. Try to complete every task that was given to you. Whether it’s easy or complex, all tasks must be completed in time. Explanations that you may give in college on why did not do your homework won’t work here.
7. Develop communication with others.
Your workplace may be diverse in many terms. Observe how the employees communicate with each other and establish your own boundaries. Use formal titles when necessary. Remember, you have to be comfortable there but not too comfortable. Your objective is to fit in but at the same time respect others and their space. You are just a guest there for summer.