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10 Sep 09 Make The Most Of An Internship

An internship is an invaluable opportunity to learn and also network yourself, so once you get the opportunity, don’t make a mistake.  The worst thing you could do is to forget just how important a chance this is to make a name for yourself.  Not only are you there to volunteer your time to gain valuable career skills.  But also an internship is about making friends within the industry, and if you prove to be very good at what you do, an internship could turn into a job offer.  So the key is to take advantage of those chances, and here are a few tips to do just that.

First off, and I can’t stress this enough, dress the part.  If you’re interning at a big time corporation, and you see the rest of the interns dressed anything but professionally, do not follow their example.  Buttoned shirt and tie should be a no brainer for every day that you are there to intern.  This way your appearance meets your attitude, creating a good impression that you are there to work and to learn.  That’s what companies want.

Get to work before the boss.  That way you can show that you are committed to the tasks at hand, as well as learning everything you can.  A boss will put more into your internship if you show the initiative to take advantage of everything they have on offer.

Know the easy stuff, like making coffee, working a copier and fax, the simple office tasks in and out.  There’s a certain amount of grunt work that interns are meant to do, and all of these fall into those categories.  The faster you can work through them, the faster you can get down to the real aspects of your job.

Finally, do the best you can.  Internships are really you volunteering your time, but don’t think that just because you aren’t being paid you shouldn’t work hard.  Being a hard worker with a good attitude and willingness to get the job done will put you into the memory of your coworkers and boss.  That can be invaluable when you’re looking to get a job somewhere down the line.  Not to mention top performers in internship positions can even be offered full time positions from the companies they are interning with.  Work hard and you just may get yourself a job.

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Tags: , , , , , Career Skills, , , Creating A Good Impression, Grunt Work, , Interns, Internship, Invaluable Opportunity, , , Office Tasks, Shirt And Tie, Time Corporation, Willingness

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