How to Prepare Yourself Before the Start of an Internship

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Knowing where to find inside information about a potential employer can mean the difference between getting a job from a great company and heading down the wrong path.

It’s tempting to jump on the first job offer you get, but the last thing you want to do is find yourself working for a company that doesn’t align with your goals or values. But it’s difficult to get a full picture of a company’s culture and working environment in a few short interviews and one tour of the office building.

Take Time to Review the Company’s Website

Before starting your research, take some time to think about what you want and need — both from and beyond the job — to be successful and truly engaged at work.

Take time to review and learn about the company, its products and services, and the employees who currently work there. Check out current employees LinkedIn Profiles so that when you begin your internship, you’ll feel that you already know your supervisors and co-workers. Be prepared on your first day to go around and meet people and introduce yourself. Taking the initiative to meet your co-workers will help set a good tone for your ability to establish personal and professional relationships.

 

 

 

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