How To Be The Best Intern

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An internship is how you get to put your theoretical knowledge into practice and therefore, an intern must always make sure that they try their best in all situations to incorporate that information into the duties they have. Getting an internship is a step closer to realising your potential in the job market. It’s essential that every intern understands what is expected of them every time they get selected for that internship position to enhance their academic understanding of the courses they pursue. You look for internships so you can have a better standing with people from the same course you studied for, right? You are obviously hoping for a job in the future. Getting your priorities right from the internship is a major way to establish a breakthrough in the job market. 

Here is how to be the best intern in 2020:

1. Know About The Company

Just like any other job, you need to research about the company you will intern for. Are your skills relevant to that particular company? Understand how the company works, what they do and how your contribution is important towards achieving both your goals and their objectives. Learning about the company makes you look knowledgeable and more prepared for the task at hand.

2. Find a Supportive Mentor

As a student transitioning to the job market, having someone to lead through the process is necessary towards achieving the necessary guidance. You may not understand all that happens in the employment sector, but someone from the company definitely does. Make an effort to reach out for necessary information and proper guidelines during your internship period.

3. Show Interest

Show that you are willing to learn through the internship process. This sets you apart from every other intern that you may have enrolled with at the same time. Once you show your supervisor that you can use your academic skills to obtain the results needed, while still being efficient at the task you have, you have already stood out from the crowd. Sometimes leaving a few minutes after work can make your supervisor feel that you are committed and not just trying counting the minutes. 

4. Network

Get to know the relevant people at your company and how your interactions with them can influence your career after the internship. It can be tempting to make connections with your fellow interns, especially if all of you joined at the same time and feel like you belong together. Well, that is good for your social being as an individual, but not for your career growth. Or is it? Reach out to people who can give you advice about what comes after the internship, and how to get through the process successfully.

5. Be Motivated To Do More

In today’s work environment, every employer wants to do more in little time. An intern with the ability to multitask increases his/her chances of getting positive recognition from their supervisors. Ask for more duties when you manage to finish the ones you had in ample time as the efficiency to do more is an element of a smart worker. Who wouldn’t want that? However, don’t do more and do an inefficient job, learn your strengths and build on them.

6. Treat Your Internships As Real Jobs

An internship is a step forward towards the formal job market and being able to blend into the workspace is just as important as knowing what to do with a real job. Do not “act like an intern”, consider yourself as part of the work team. After all, if you have already joined the company for the internship, you are part of the team. So, treat the internship as if it was your actual job and who knows, it might actually be in a couple of months!

Therefore, aim to go the extra mile to impress the relevant people during your internship period. Give the best impression you can ever give and you would not be disappointed after your completion. Who knows, you might just get a confirmation for the job itself! Or a really good recommendation when you need it in the future right? When you are good at something, you increase your chances of getting positive recommendations to do it, and you know what else is the catch? You get paid for it!  So follow these tips and be the best intern ever!

Maureen Daisy
Passionate Community Marketer, skilled in content creation, writing and in-depth knowledge research.