To make the most of your experiences and stand out from the crowd, you should always do these things:
- Do your homework before your first day. You most likely researched the company before your start date about the organization’s history and culture
- Dress for success. You’ve heard, ‘Dress for the position you want, not the one you have.’
- Treat the internship like a real job. If you want the employer to take you seriously, you need to take the job seriously. To get the most of an internship, regardless of the pay, you should treat your internship like you would any job.
- Practice good time management. Interns have a lot on their plates, so it’s important to be organized, be careful not to take on too much, and to let someone know if you can’t complete a project by the deadline.
- Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and step outside your comfort zone. This shows that you’re willing to learn and have a genuine interest in the job and company.
- Be flexible. People, and organizations, have different thinking and communication styles and various ways of doing things. If you can learn to be adaptive, you’ll broaden your opportunities considerably.
- Challenge yourself. Try to challenge yourself by doing something you have never done before. Utilize your coworkers and bosses to learn and develop your industry skills. These skills will enrich your professional portfolio making you more appealing to future employers.