This week I read a blog called 7 TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING YOUR INTERNSHIP by PRBreakfastClub and author Sarah Landrum. I decided to read and do a follow up post on this blog because, being a college student getting towards the end of my college career, an internship or internships are in my near future. Who doesn’t love mandatory work with no pay while accumulating more college debt?
So, obviously in this blog post there were 7 tips for maximizing your internship. These were the tips:
- Take it Seriously- Well no shit! Like I am going to go into my internship, mess around, and piss off people in the career field I am trying to enter. Sarah says that it will give you an advantage via experience over other people. If your college doesn’t require an internship, you are probably at the wrong college.
- Keep a Record of Everything You Do- This one I actually think is great advice. It’s hard to remember everything you have done in the course of and internship, and many employers may find things you thought to be small, important.
- Accept All Opportunities- Again, this is good advice, but they are all good advice and should all be pretty obvious in the first place. Sarah says that this may impress a manager, or you may find out that you like something else that you had no idea about. Also, it’s a great chance to learn something new.
- Ask Questions- Again obvious! I’m not going to spend time explaining why. If you don’t know why you should then, good luck.
- Get Feedback- This may be one of the most important things you could do in any job. Learn from your mistakes, and learn from your supervisors. Even bad leaders have something to teach you.
- Stay Connected to Build Your Network- Network! Network! Network! It’s all about who you know. Use everything you have to meet and get connected with new people who may be able to help you in the future.
- Ask for a Reference and/or Letter of Recommendation- A good way to get your foot into the door at your next job. If they know that you did a great job at something similar, you will have a better chance at getting hired. Who knows, maybe they will be the ones offering you a job?