You got the internship. Now what?

6/22/18
By UW Colleges

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Congratulations, you just landed an internship! Now that you’ve impressed your new employer and you’re hired, it’s time to make the most of your internship. This is the time to build your resume, learn important skills and make connections. Hopefully, by the end of your internship, you have a job offer or a reliable recommendation for future job positions. Check out these tips for getting a good start at your new internship.

Make Connections

Sometimes being the new person in the office can be a little nerve-racking. Keep in mind that at some point everyone had to be the new person! Don’t be afraid to open up and connect with your coworkers. Ask them what kind of things you can expect starting as an intern. Find out more about the company culture. Having others you can connect with makes the job much more enjoyable.     

Be a Good Communicator

If you are ever feeling confused or unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to ask someone at work. They don’t expect interns to know everything right away. Be sure to take a lot of notes so you learn from your questions. If you feel like your workload is too light or too heavy, a good supervisor will want to know. They are there to help you succeed.

Set Goals

Internships are meant to be a time for you to grow as a professional. Be straightforward with your supervisor about what you want to learn. Creating a list of goals at the beginning of your internship will set you up for success. Discussing them with your supervisor shows that you really value the internship and are taking it seriously. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the kind of job you can see yourself doing full-time, at least you got to learn some new skills.

Don’t Go on Auto-Pilot

As an intern, you may not always have tasks to do. Instead of browsing social media or twiddling your thumbs, ask your supervisor or coworkers if they have any tasks for you to do. If not, take this extra time to teach yourself applicable skills for your industry. How-to Guides and industry related articles are a great start! Use your internship as a time to challenge yourself and push outside of your comfort zone.