Your Internship is a 10 Week Interview

After an  academic year of studying many of you are now embarking on various internships within many industries.  I know it’s summer vacation, but don’t take it easy, now is where the real work begins.  This is where you prove to your employer that you should be considered for a full-time opportunity or for another position within upcoming summers or during the academic year.   Maybe you secured the internship because of stellar grades and/ or strong campus involvement. While that was enough to get you  in,   it isn’t sufficient to keep your bosses impressed.  If you want to make a positive impression keep the following tips in mind:

  • You are being watched and your performance is being assessed at all times.
  • Ask yourself how can I add value or  make a meaningful contribution to this organization?
  • Double, triple and quadruple check your assignments for accuracy and clarity.
  • On time is late and 15 minutes early is on time.
  • Ask thoughtful questions.
  • If you are not challenged enough, don’t  chill out , speak up ask for more meaty assignments.
  • Treat EVERYONE with respect, be professional and courteous at all times
  • Network with  associates in other departments and other interns (Lunch dates are great start) 
  • Your duties and responsibilities are your first priority,  not texting or social networking
  • Request feedback from your hiring manager/supervisor

These tips will should help position you as a great candidate  for a full-time opportunity or another internship next summer.  Are there any other  tips that are helpful that should be included? Let me know.


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