Knock Your Internship Out Of The Park
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Knock Your Internship Out Of The Park

Knock Your Internship Out Of The Park

As a rising senior, I have more than my fair share of internships.

With all these opportunities, I have made mistakes. Sometimes, big ones. I have also seen other fall into the many traps internships can provide. So, I feel it is only fair to help others grow from my missteps. Here are some tips to help ensure you hit a home run, not a foul ball, with your internship.

Get up, dress up, show up. We all have sick days, but a hangover does not count -- sorry to burst your bubble. Even on days you have a cold or migraine, try your best to go into the office. From not being the healthiest person, I have learned it is better to show up, make an effort and be sent home than to just cop out. Your boss will appreciate your effort. This does not mean go into the office with the flu or a stomach bug. If you are that sick, stay home.

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. 
Want to be the CEO, Director of Surgery or lead reporter? Then don't dress as an intern. I wish I could say that appearance doesn't count, but it does. Follow your boss' lead, no matter the dress code. Even if your office is business casual, if your boss is always dressed in a suit, than you need to show up in the same fashion. Ladies, that means do your hair and makeup to look professional and natural, not like you are hitting the clubs. Gents, put on that tie and manage your scruff, or shave. These little things are noticed, I promise.  

Be  first to arrive, and last to leave. If your job starts at 9 a.m., be there at 8:45 a.m. Being slightly early shows you are accountable and responsible. Who doesn't want to appear that way? Unless your boss instructs you otherwise, stay until they leave for the day. You never want to appear eager to leave the office. Stay later -- even by five minutes -- and appear dedicated.

Cross your Ts and dot your Is. Triple check everything you do. There is a learning curve entering an internship, so speed the process by thoroughly making sure your work is complete. Proofread your emails, take notes in a meeting, double check your attachment is attached, make sure your formulas in Excel are correct. These may seem like slight details, but your colleagues will notice.

Buzzfeed and Facebook are not your friends. When there is downtime in an internship, it is ever so tempting to browse the websites you frequent when bored in a lecture. Think about it--when you don't pay attention in class, how well do you do on that test? Even if you are a genius, and you can still pass with flying colors, this gimmick does not fly at work. If you are bored, ask your boss if there is anything else you can do to help. If the answer is no, then use your time wisely. Research the field you are in, read up on the news pertaining to your career. Being knowledgeable will never be looked down upon. If you really need an Instagram break, go take a break.

Ask for help if you need it. You are new, so asking questions makes you seem interested, not dumb. If you need help, say so! Ask a colleague for advice, ask your boss to explain a project in more detail. They are more than happy to help you achieve your goals -- after all, they hired you.   
When interning,  you will make mistakes -- everyone does. The important thing to remember is not to make the same mistake twice. Learn from a misstep. Your boss wants to see you grow, and you will as long as you are willing to learn.

Best of luck on your internship adventures! 

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