Internships are a great way to develop skills for a future career and get a better sense of the day-to-
day reality of a particular job. However some interns seems to view the internship as simply a way to get a college credit or gain some experience to throw on a resume.
An internship can be a valuable learning experience and many successful careers have started as internships.
Here are three ways to benefit the most from an internship:
1. Ask questions. Do not be shy. You are not expected to know everything so ask away and be curious about all areas of the company.
2. Do not eat alone. Take the opportunity to meet new people. You do not need to confine your interactions to your direct supervisor and the other interns. Start up conversations around the coffee machine, after meetings, or when walking into the office. Try to meet people from different areas of the company. Ask your supervisor for introductions. You never know when one of these relationships will develop into a future working partnership.
3. Offer suggestions. Yes, you are not expected to know everything about the company you're interning at or the job you are doing but that doesn't mean you don't have some great ideas. Likely you do. Use your unique and fresh perspective of the company and its work processes to suggest some improvements to your supervisor. Not only will this demonstrate your ability to take initiative but you just might be given responsibility for overseeing the implementation of your idea, providing you with valuable leadership and project planning experience.
What advice do you have to make the most of an internship?