Making the Most Out of Your Internship

Internships provide students with valuable work experience and skill development that can, in turn, be carried into classroom settings and job positions after graduation. To make the most of an internship position, walk in with an open mind, ready to absorb as much as possible.

  1. Ask Questions

When working in the office and completing tasks, don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is a great way to gain a more in-depth understanding of the task you are completing, and it also shows your supervisors that you are eager to learn. Additionally, asking questions can help you build relationships with your colleagues, demonstrating your interest in their work. Internships are not just about the tasks you complete but also about the knowledge you gain from the experience.

  1. Take Initiative

Look for opportunities to contribute and suggest improvements. If you notice a process that could be more efficient or a project that aligns with your skills and interests, don’t hesitate to propose your ideas. Taking initiative showcases your proactiveness but leads to more meaningful and challenging tasks during your internship.

  1. Build Relationships

Internships are great ways to network with other professionals in your industry. In the office, at company-hosted gatherings, or in meetings, you can form connections that will be valuable for years to come. Start by asking people about the path they took to get to where they are now or one piece of advice they have for you as you enter the workforce.

  1. Build a Portfolio

If your internship involves creative work, create a portfolio showcasing your best projects. This can be used in future job interviews to give companies a full idea of what you are capable of doing. Along with creative work, keep a record of your accomplishments and biggest tasks. Documentation will be helpful when creating a resume and for future job applications and interviews.

  1. Demonstrate Enthusiasm

Show your enthusiasm for your position as an intern as well as for the company you are working at. Employ a positive attitude, willingness to contribute, and eagerness to learn. This not only fosters a more pleasant work environment but also helps you establish strong relationships with colleagues and superiors. Your willingness to contribute and eagerness to learn are essential for personal growth and professional development, enabling you to make a substantial impact in your role and bring fresh ideas to the table.

Internships are opportunities for personal and professional growth, so continuously learn from your experiences—both successes and failures. By approaching your internship with an open mind, curiosity, and a willingness to learn, you can make the most of the experience and set a strong foundation for your future career.

Kennedy Robinson ‘24 | Marketing & Communication Intern

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