Wednesday, May 4, 2016

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of an Internship

An internship can play an important role in the career of any college (or even high school) student and there are ways to ensure that you benefit the most from an internship.

Rather than complaining that you don't get to the do the most important tasks in the company, focus on the following four ways to get the most out of your internship:

1. Learn Everything. Don't limit yourself to your job assignments. Ask questions. Lots of questions. And meet new people and ask what they do, and ask them to show you how they do it. Make an effort to get to know the company you work for and to understand its strengths and where it fits in among its competitors. If the company offers training be the first to sign up. Take advantage of any learning opportunities that come your way.

2. Talk to Everyone. In addition to meeting your direct supervisor and her team, get to know any other interns in the company. Make an effort to meet the company vice-president and the CEO, and the janitor, and the receptionist. Remember names and, as mentioned, ask a lot of questions. An internship is a great way to make lasting connections with people in your chosen field.

3. Stay Positive. Smile and interact positively with all the people you're meeting. Take on new assignments enthusiastically and show a genuine interest in those you are working with. You'll enjoy your day more, and you'll leave a lasting impression on others in the office.

4. Get Connected. Be sure to connect with your supervisor, other interns, and anyone else you've worked closely with, or had some meaningful interactions with, on social media channels such as LinkedIn, twitter, or Facebook. When you leave your internship send these connections a brief note of thanks for the support and learning opportunities they provided.

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