Feeling more like you’re learning about the art of making coffee or making copies rather than info you can use in your future career? Welcome to the life of an intern. It’s not always—or usually—glamorous, and it’s not always fun, but spending your summer as an intern can really pay off in the long run. And maybe someday, you’ll have your own intern.
Here’s our guide to getting the most out of your internship.
1. Take your work seriously.
Sure, filing papers might not seem like it’s that important, but even menial tasks can be a big deal to a company. Make sure you take every request seriously and if you make a mistake own up to it.
2. Learn from your co-workers
Your fellow co-workers likely have much more experience than you do. Ask them about how they started in their career, how they learned their skills, etc. Most will be happy to give you some advice!
3. Ask others for feedback
Don’t be afraid to ask, “How did I do?” or “How could I do better?” Getting some tips from your superiors will only make you better going forward.
4. Ask to do more
The best way to impress? Go above and beyond and ask to do EVEN MORE than what was expected of you. You’ll be able to show your value and more of your skills (which could ensure a larger position in the future!).
5. Always say thanks.
Thank your boss for giving you the opportunity to work with them—whether you liked the job or not. Send a thank you note when the internship is over to really show your appreciation.
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