How to Rock Your Internship this Summer!

Have an internship this summer? Follow the tips below to ensure you will succeed!

Before the Internship – Prepare!

  • Research the company
  • Introduce yourself to the manager and ask questions about what it takes to succeed and what are expectations of the role
    • What does it take to succeed in this role?
    • Where did previous employees who failed go wrong in this role?
  • Buy a notebook
  • Figure out the dress code
  • Speak with students or alumns (via linkedin) who have gone through the internship to learn about what to expect

First Day of the Internship- Don’t be nervous! Be yourself!

  • People are excited to have you there. This is your opportunity to make a good impression!

Throughout the internship – Bring  your A game!

  • Bring a positive attitude!
  • Give 150% in your role
  • At the end of every week, reflect on the week and jot down some quick notes about what you worked on, what you have learned, and/or what you accomplished. This will help you with writing the bullet points when you add your internship to your resume at the end of the summer.
  • Take Initiative
    • Be prepared to do grunt work. No job is beneath you!
    • Come in early and stay late if you have to
    • Dress for success
    • Keep busy by asking for more work if you have completed other projects, learn the business, or shadow other employees. Don’t waste downtime!
    • Identify issues not addressed by the organization and improve them
    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions to clarify project deliverables and deadlines
    • Share your thoughts and opinions. They want to hear from you!
  • Manage time, prioritize effectively, and deliver before the deadline
  • Take detailed notes – Always carry a notebook
  • Follow Company Policy on Technology use
  • Get to know the people you work with! Connections are important
  • Understand the culture of the company and adapt to that culture
  • Get to know the city the company is in, could you see yourself living there?
  • Make friends with other interns! They could be your future co- workers

End of the Internship- Stay in Touch!

  • Write thank you notes!
  • Get contact info and stay in touch with coworkers via linkedin etc
  • If you are interested in working there full time, make sure you’ve made that clear!
  • Update your resume and linkedin account with your new experience
  • Reflect on your experience to see if you could see yourself working there
By Carol Maldonado
Carol Maldonado Career Coach Carol Maldonado