Internships are often closely related to a persons major, and always seem very exciting at first. However, anyone who has maintained an internship for a long period of time might get bored and realize that internships aren't always as exciting as they seem. Internships can be challenging and sometimes it's hard to remember how to make a good impression on a potential future boss.
Whether your starting an internship in the near future, or you are already fed up with sitting at a desk all day, these reminders might help you land a job in the future:
1. Always arrive 10 minutes early
Just because staff members that have already worked their way "up the totem poll" arrive late sometimes, does not mean that it is acceptable for an intern to be late. Even if the boss seems fine with people showing up late, he/she still notices and takes that into consideration when writing a referral or when deciding who to hire long term.
2. Take notes
When someone is explaining how to do something, even if it might seem simple, ALWAYS write it down. You never want to be the person who asks how to do the same simple task multiple times.
3. Network, network, network!
You never know who in the office knows someone who could end up helping you out in the future. Be friendly and try to make conversation with everyone around you!
4. Observe who is successful
Some of the people who work with worked very hard to get where they are. Try to pay attention to what they do and how they act at work! Following a successful employees footsteps is better than following no footsteps at all.
5. Ask for more work
As silly as may sound, asking for additional work gives an intern a very good image! Instead of sitting at a desk bored, ask if there is anything else that can be done. Time goes by faster when you're busy.
6. Don't block out everyone with earplugs
Headphones help some people be productive, but never have in both headphones. If someone asks you to complete a task and you can't hear them, they might get a little aggravated.
7. Learn how to small talkThe most important thing that ties everything together is learning how to talk to different kinds of people. Ask them what they like about their job, ask them about their day, and get to know everyone in the workplace.
Always have a smile on your face and try your hardest to make a good impression on everyone, not just the person in charge. Keep in mind that successful internships lead to successful jobs. Good luck!