Congratulations on landing that coveted internship! You probably put in a ton of effort to ace the application and interview. And while you should celebrate your accomplishment, you shouldn't stop preparing for your new job. After all, you'll want all that hard work leading up to it to be worth it.
You know that having an internship is important. However, the real value of this opportunity isn't just listing it on your resume (though that is nice); rather, it's to take advantage of the new experiences your internship presents you. To do this, memorize the five points below before you even walk in the door of your internship. By following these tips, you'll assure you have a great internship.
1. Get To Know The Company
You likely researched your new employer during the interview process. If not, it's time to get studying! Just think of it as a new homework assignment. Be familiar with as much as you can about the company before you begin your internship. Showing that you understand the company's products, services, and mission are crucial aspects of any job.
2. Ask Questions
As an intern, you may feel awkward speaking up or reaching out to your manager—which is totally natural. However, if you're wondering what it is you should be doing, ASK! Your supervisor would much rather help you get it right the first time than have you spending time to do an assignment again. It's not a bad thing to ask questions; in fact, it's the smart thing to do.
3. Take The Initiative To Stay Busy And Be Proactive
There is always plenty to do, so don't hesitate to ask for work when you finish a project. You are at the internship to learn as much as possible, so take on as many projects as you can and build your skill sets.
4. Be A Customer-Focused, Problem Solver
Take the time to get to know your team's customers (they may be inside or outside of your company). When interacting with them, listen and relate to their concerns. Always be responsive, and if you don't know the answer, consult with your supervisor and colleagues to find a solution.
Meet key players and make connections within the company. Work at building meaningful relationships with your co-workers. These connections and relationships will come in handy when it's time to find your first permanent position. Don't forget to create a LinkedIn profile and connect with the people you meet throughout your internship.