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You’ll want to use this opportunity as a way to start developing yourself as a professional who delivers quality work with a great attitude.
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.
Take all of your tasks – no matter how small – seriously
As simple or mundane internship tasks can be, they all serve a purpose. Everyone must pay dues and start out somewhere. Take on tasks, no matter how small, with pride and diligence and avoid complaints at all costs.
Your employers will notice if you take work seriously and do your work well and, most likely, the smaller tasks will lead to larger ones.
It makes sense: if your boss can’t trust you to make the coffee right, how could they trust you with a huge project task? So, as a rule, take on all tasks seriously and perform them well. You will be moving up the ladder in no time!