Internships – the gateway to the real world and beyond, where you make lasting connections and learn the ropes of the industry. If you’re just entering the internship world, it can be very daunting and stressful. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back with these do’s and don’ts of internship life.
- Learn new things. Don’t stress about tasks assigned to you. Remember – the goal of an internship is to learn the industry and find out what works for you. You are essentially learning the ropes of a new career. Absorb as much as you can. You are here to learn.
- Ask questions. You’re not supposed to know how to do everything – internships are a learning experience! Asking questions is a great way to ensure you are doing exactly what was envisioned.
- Dress to impress. The way you present yourself is very important. Nothing says, “I’m here to rock it,” quite like taking the time to look professional.
- Say thank you. Saying “thank you” goes a long way. Never underestimate the power of gratitude!
- Go above and beyond. Don’t just do the tasks that are assigned to you – go the extra mile. If you’ve completed your assignments before the day is over, ask what else you can be doing to help. Show initiative! We promise you it’ll be worth it.
- Keep an open mind. You may not always get to do the things you love, and that’s okay. Embrace opportunities to learn new tasks and try new things.
- Don’t arrive late. Always be 5 to 10 minutes early, no matter what. Timeliness is an important trait in any good employee.
- Think any task is beneath you. Everyone has to start somewhere and sometimes you may have to do a task that isn’t thrilling. We’ve all ran to the Post Office, packaged boxes and picked up lunch for the office. Do whatever task is asked of you with a smile on your face.
- Don’t have a bad attitude. No matter the office atmosphere or what’s going on in your personal life, exude positivity. Positivity attracts positivity and everyone will notice your shining attitude.
- Don’t pass up opportunities to learn. Don’t let fear or inexperience keep you from trying something new. Sometimes tasks can be daunting, but we know you can do it!
- Don’t burn any bridges. You’ll need references for future jobs and you never know if someone you once burned will be an influencer at a future job. It’s best to leave every relationship with smiles and hugs.
What are some internship do’s and don’ts you’ve learned from past experiences? Let us know in the comments below.