Five Tips from my Internship

An internship is an opportunity to try out a career before making a serious commitment.

Here are my top five internship tips that may help you land a full-time job.

1. Don’t be afraid to try something new, especially at an internship. As a Communications Studies major concentrating in Public Relations, I was nervous that a Digital Marketing internship would not align perfectly with my skill set. However, I quickly realized that this was a positive thing. An internship is the ideal situation to try new things and determine your likes and dislikes of a job before choosing a long term career. Throughout my internship, I was able to launch a high-profile website by developing new CSS and JavaScript code. This was something I never thought I would be able to achieve, but by trying something completely out of my comfort zone, I found something I really enjoy that I may not have otherwise tried.

2. Never stop networking. Although this might seem obvious, the more positive connections you can make at your company, the better. Not only will you gain LinkedIn connections and easily keep in touch with past coworkers, your new connections may lead to opportunities for recommendations in their networks as well.

3. Find a mentor you connect with and keep in contact. For me, my mentor is my internship supervisor. If you find a good mentor, they will not only help you to reach your full potential during the internship, but will be invested in you after it ends as well.

4. Volunteer to help on other employees’ projects. By offering to help, you’ll show that you’re willing to be a team player and take on more responsibility. In addition, you may have the opportunity to work on something you really enjoy.

5. Take notes on everything. We all think we have a good memory until we leave a meeting with no idea of what was decided on. I took a notebook and a pen everywhere I went, and it paid off. Because I chose to take notes during meetings and even quick phone calls, I was able to clearly understand what the next steps were, and could communicate the information to my supervisor when asked.

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