Today’s guest post comes from someone we know very well, team Belle’s very own Account Assistant Leah Franklin! Her post today is all about having a successful internship. Learn more about Leah from her blog, here.
Here are five tips for interns, that can help you to make an impact. These suggestions can make a big difference on how you are viewed as a professional and employee.
- Time management
Time management skills are critical to an intern. Yes, you are a student; you may have another job; and you might be in other clubs; however, your supervisor is expecting you to meet your deadline without being reminded. Even when you may not enjoy the task at hand or see the importance of it, always stay on time and meet your deadlines. Strong time management skills will help you build a sense of trust between you and your supervisor.
**Here are a few GREAT apps that will help you stay on track.
- PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD
It happens to the best of us: You turn something into your supervisor and it has a few typos. Mortifying! Mistakes happen; however, the writing quality of your work speaks volumes about the level of professionalism that you are offering your employer. Proofreading shows that you care enough about the internship opportunity at hand to produce superior work.
Here are a few best practices when it comes to proofreading.
- Ask Questions (but only the important ones)
It is true, asking questions is important. But only ask the questions that are pressing and significant. Your superiors are busy; remember that when you are seeking their help. It is expected that before you ask your supervisor a question that YOU have done your research and tried to figure it out yourself before coming to them.
Respecting your supervisor’s valuable time and finding the right solution on your own conveys initiative and professional maturity to your supervisor.
- Treat the internship as your real job
In some cases an internship could turn into your career, but in others your internship now may be everything you don’t want in a career. Regardless, your internship can provide you with valuable experience and needs to be treated as if you are a full-time employee.
First and foremost: Act positively! Your co-workers (the people who will give you references) are watching you to see how you react to different tasks. Your attitude is everything in the workplace; make sure it’s something that can be spoken fondly of.
Respond to emails in a timely matter. Make sure that even though you have other commitments, you keep the communication at your internship at high priority.
Lastly, above all else, stay professional. Perception is critical. Make sure that you carry a professional tone in all of your emails and conversations throughout the day and dress appropriately. This communicates that you are serious about representing the company in the most professional and favorable manor.
- Find a mentor
Find someone who is established in your desired field—this can be someone you can talk to about your internship experiences. Your mentor will be able to shed light on situations from a professional perspective. Finally, having a mentor is a terrific networking connection.
To start your mentor search, begin by looking at your school’s organizations. Some major-specific organizations have mentoring programs that pair you with a professional in your field of interest. LinkedIn is also a great place to search for a mentor. If you find a professional that you would be interested in meeting with, send them a professional message. Most times, they will be more than happy to talk to you.
Once a month meetings with your mentor are ideal, but make sure that your schedule accommodates your mentor’s time.
Do you have your own tips for interns? Have any stories about your most memorable internship/mentorship experience? Let us know in the comments below!
An aspiring PR Professional, Leah is a Junior at The Ohio State University. Leah assists in blogging, social media, website content and SEO. With a desire to lean a lot of everything PR- related, Leah loves uncovering and contributing to an array of different tasks along the public relations spectrum.