3 Tips for Getting the Most Out of an Internship
An internship is a great way to gain experience, build your résumé, and even land a full-time job. But a short stint in a company may not be enough time to learn what you need to know, impress those you work for, and secure a job recommendation or full-time offer. Here are ways to stand out:
- Be relentlessly punctual. Show up on time (or early) in the morning, arrive for meetings before they begin, and complete assignments by their deadlines.
- Complete each task with excellence. Pursue any assignment — even if it’s mundane — with drive and determination. If you’re asked to make coffee, make the best coffee your colleagues have ever had. If you’re asked to make an Excel model, invest your time and effort in assuring it’s right, aesthetically appealing, and thorough.
- Ask questions — good ones. Anytime you’re meeting with a peer or superior, think of thoughtful questions you can ask that show you’re prepared for the meeting and that you respect their time.