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Getting an internship is tough, but once you’ve got it you may wonder why you wanted it in the first place. As the Summer begins, I thought it would be a good opportunity to give some advice on how to make the best of your internship.
1) Set your targets early, you are here to learn
I see interns enter companies and become available to do anything. That ‘anything’ can sometimes be editing the database or photocopying. Although there is nothing wrong in doing these mundane tasks, everyone has to do them, make sure to limit the amount of time that you are doing these, and let your supervisor know. Make sure that your supervisor knows when you arrive that you are there to learn.
2) Ask to attend meetings, and ask to be part of the decision making process.
Meetings are a great place to see the inner workings of organizations. You’ll be able to clearly see what’s going on, and be better informed when you go back to your desk. Not all meetings are for everyone, so make sure to talk to your supervisor about which ones would best help you. Attending meetings shows that you care, and that you are willing to become part of the decision making process.
3) Keep a journal, have your supervisor and advisor sign it
Keep a journal of each daily task that you perform. This is helpful for two reasons: 1)You’ll be better able to keep remember what you learned, and 2)You’ll get better at tracking your time and learning the important skill of time management. Your advisor can help you with this too.
If all the above seems daunting, then I have a good book to recommend to you. Stupeur Et Tremblements by Amélie Nothomb is a lighthearted tale of a young woman who goes to Japan to intern. It’s an easy read and if anything it will give you good encouragement towards having a successful internship!