5 infallible ways to ace your internship!
Internships are a great way to get credits for University but, mainly they’re a chance to taste the waters of a real working environment and add value to your CV. It’s your opportunity to test different positions and fields, and if you’re not super sure yet, to get a better idea of what you’d like or wouldn’t like to do in the future. The killer question is ‘how do you make the most out of your internship?’.
Here are some top tips to help you ace your internship and get the most out of this experience!
1. Treat your internship as a year long interview
Many people will use their internship to try and impress in the hope of securing a permanent position within the business they’re working in. If this is something you’re hoping for then treat your entire internship as an interview as managers will be paying close attention to your performance, your work ethic and how well you get on with others around you. Make sure you follow tasks set, stick to deadlines, arrive on time, attend any events that are work related etc. This will help to impress and show your colleagues that you are willing to put the effort in and have a good work ethic.
2. Always have a positive and enthusiastic attitude
Throughout your internship, you may be given certain tasks that aren’t the most enjoyable but it’s important to accept these tasks with enthusiasm and never refuse work simply because you don’t like it. Showing a positive attitude towards any given task will help to impress your manager and help you gain the trust of colleagues, too.
3. Make use of the people around you
Being an intern can be a pretty daunting position within any company, and you may find certain tasks are beyond your current ability. In these instances, make use of your colleague’s knowledge and don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance. After all, they’re in their current position for a reason.
4. Always ask questions
Linking with the previous points, always ask questions to show your interest and fully gain an understanding of a certain responsibility or role. It’s important to never be scared of asking the same question more than once, especially if you aren’t fully certain – there’s no point wasting your time working on a project if it’s not going to deliver the end result. It’s better to be safe than sorry and your manager will respect you much more for this.
5. Prepare to be pushed out of your comfort zone
During your time as an intern, there's going to be numerous tasks given to you that will be challenging and require you to do something you’ve never done before. Being pushed out your comfort zone will help you build confidence and also build up your current skillset. Never turn down something that may take you out of your comfort zone because it will show to others that you’re always willing, no matter how difficult the task may be.
Keep these in mind, they’ll definitely help you to succeed and make a strong impression. Good luck!
Brad Wild is a Northumbria University student studying Business and Marketing, he’s currently in the last quarter of his 12 month internship with Liberty Living. As a Business Development Intern, Brad’s main responsibility has been focussing on generating new sales for the summer business period.