How to Succeed in Your Internship

May 28, 2016

Summer has begun and several Master’s students have started summer internships. Here are some tips for how to succeed that I’ve received from mentors over time –

  1. Understand the jargon: To hit the ground running, go through the trainings and documentation ASAP. Become familiar with the acronyms and terms used daily and a basic understanding of the product. This will help establish your credibility.
  2. Be proactive: Volunteer for work, and find resources to help you complete a task. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond what is asked, even if the task is sometimes boring.
  3. Be on time and dress well: Being on time means you care – so try to be on time daily and for any meetings. Understand the dress code and follow it, even if it means a shopping trip or two.
  4. Communicate: with your manager and understand what deadlines and tasks you are responsible for. Let them know if you don’t think you can finish something in time – it’s always better to give a heads-up so obstacles can be overcome or expectations and deadlines can be readjusted.
  5. Ask questions: People enjoy sharing their experiences, especially to a bright-eyed intern. Just remember, there IS such a thing as too many questions! You don’t want to keep them from their job but it’s okay to ask for help or about your co-workers’ experiences at the company. Express yourself and your enthusiasm in a professional way and you’ll usually get a positive response.

Published on May 28th, 2016

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