Whether this is your first internship or your third, knowing how to take full advantage of your experience can be the difference between a successful and stressful summer. Each internship will be different, but there are always opportunities for you to stand out amongst your peers.
1. Come in ready to work.
Although your title says ‘intern,’ don’t consider yourself a step below. View every day as an opportunity to showcase your skills and your eagerness to learn about your role and the company as a whole. You will be performing the same work as a full-time employee, so come in prepared to tackle each day with a positive attitude.
2. Gain experience beyond your role.
Whether you’re interning as a design engineer, project manager, or accountant, take the time to max out your responsibilities. Once you’ve learned all aspects of your role, consider taking the initiative to branch out and show you can do more than meet deadlines. If you’re an engineer, experience the field—seeing your work on paper doesn’t compare to seeing it in person.
3. Utilize your resources.
Take advantage of the resources around you. There will be years of industry experience available to you, so capitalize on that and learn from those who previously stood in your shoes. Learning from others will broaden your knowledge of the organization and industry, as well as how collaboration plays a key role in everything.
4. Ask questions.
Don’t ever feel intimidated to ask questions. Questions create learning opportunities, and internships are a learning experience. Asking for more information or help shows that you want to perform your tasks to the best of your ability. The only dumb questions are the ones that are not asked.
5. Have fun!
While it is important to focus on your internship and take it seriously, it’s also important to experience the surrounding area. Take advantage of where you are and get to know your fellow interns and co-workers outside of the office. Getting to know your peers in a relaxed setting makes connecting with them on multiple levels much easier.
Internships should be considered a drawn-out interview. Use this mentality to display the value you bring to the company. Keep these tips in mind, but also remember to check in on how you fit in and if this is a place where you can imagine growth for the longevity of your career.
To learn more about Southland and our internships, check out our student opportunities.
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