It is a no brainer that at some point or another, young professionals are going to do an internship during the early stages of their career. Obviously, there are many educational benefits that an internship can bring you, especially when the only experience racked up so far is inside the classroom. In order to make sure that you are getting the most out of your internship experience, it is important to be consciously aware of these few things:
Figure out what your personal goals are, and commit to them.
Whether you’re into finance or you’re a creative, it is best to identify your own strengths and weaknesses along with a plan of how you want to achieve those goals. Keep them at the top of your mind so you’re able to track your process and feel a great sense of reward once you have advanced!
Challenges are going to come your way.
No matter how long you’ve been in your professional field, you’re going to face challenges and it probably won’t feel like a walk through the park! Your supervisors understand that you’re young and still learning, so don’t be afraid of making a mistake or not understanding something.
Get Your Hands Dirty!
You’re given free range to completely dive in and become a member of a team! How exciting is that? You’ve been working so hard for the past few years in order to be here, at this very moment. So take it all in and become it. Ask questions; there really isn’t such thing as a “stupid” question. Become a part of the work culture. Learn about your new co-workers, because they could end up inspiring you some way or another. Just dive in.
Ask to do tasks you’re unfamiliar with.
So, you’re really into graphic design but someone needs help with a copywriting project. What should you do? Take the opportunity to help out! You might end up realizing that you have another skill that you didn’t know existed!
Good things take time.
The song “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World is probably going to be your anthem for the next month or so. Things are usually a bit uncomfortable in the beginning but that isn’t a complete reflection on you or your work. You’re not expected to be the best employee to walk the face of the earth your first day on the job. However, you are expected to do your best and have some courage. Everything will end up falling into place.