As most of you know, I just finished up an eleven week internship in New York. It was my first internship and I learned something new almost every day. Since many of you are close to my age I thought I would share 10 things I learned during my internship.
1.) Ask questions. You aren’t going to know everything, and don’t try to say you do, so ask questions, to both your peers and mentors.
2.) Make drafts, take notes, lots of notes, and always ask someone to review your work before you hit send or publish.
3.) Make friends, not enemies! Yes you want to stand out amongst the crowd, but you don’t have to be super competitive or rude to your peers. Having friends in the office not only means fun lunch breaks, but it also means having people to support you.
4.) Ask if people outside of your department need any assistance. If you don’t have any work to do in your department, go outside of your comfort zone, and learn something new!
5.) Keep an on-going list of what you’ve been doing and what you’ve learned. Each day I made a list of everything I did and anything that I learned. This way I could update my resume and LinkedIn accordingly. It also means that when I go to apply for my next internship or job, I’ll be able to say exactly what I did during my previous internship and not stutter around and be vague.
6.) Don’t be vague – always be super specific, even with your mistakes.
7.) Update your professors. If they helped you land your internship, stay in contact with them. Whether they gave you a recommendation, connected you with the right people or looked over your resume time and time again, they are going to want to know how you’re doing!
8.) Nobody likes a grumpy intern, be positive and smile!
9.) Be excited. Coming to work everyday with the thought of getting a new project or attending an event, should excite you. If not, you might should think about what you want in the long term.
10 .) Stay in touch with your bosses! You never know what connections to other companies they might have and you’ll more than likely need a recommendation from them.