Having a meaningful internship experience requires soaking up as much learning as possible, putting what you learned in school to practice, and having fun at the same time. Here are some helpful tips that will get you through any internship.
- Network. Don’t be a wallflower, network! Get to know people. Go to lunch. Get outside of your office/cube. Managers need to see interns who can manage both their projects and networking. The more people you can add to your professional or personal network, the better! Have a competition with the other interns to see how many people you can network with and make meaningful connections!
- Meet with your manager or mentor on a regular basis. This is a good way for you to get feedback on your performance and it helps to keep you on track with current and future assignments. Curiosity and general enthusiasm around the business and your project work will likely be noticed. If your manager doesn’t schedule 1:1s then take the lead.
- Explore. Be open to trying new things. It will broaden your skillset and help you to determine what you like or dislike for full-time opportunities. Find out about the company, other departments, their culture and their strategy.
- Ask Questions: When in doubt, ask! Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion or questions in team meetings and to your manager. Share ideas, talk about what’s on your plate, and ask for help with difficulties you are having. Some companies like Adobe will have opportunities to network with leaders, be curious and be vocal.
- Get to know your city. (Assuming you are in a cool city…) You never know, you may be launching your career here. Get recommendations from locals on the best places to see, shop and eat. Brag about your discoveries through your social networks.
- Volunteer. If you find you have some extra time on your hands, find out what else you can help with or what else you can learn in that time. See if there are other projects you could sit in on.
Wishing all interns a memorable experience!
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