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Making the Most Out of Summer Internships

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Julia Pozzuto, Account Associate

Internships can be intimidating. For some of us, it’s our third summer as an intern and for some of us it is our first. We’ve perfected our resumes, nailed our interviews, and turned down offers from other companies. Now, it is time to step into your position and make the most out of it for yourself and the company for which you are working. The spring semester is quickly approaching its finale which means the doors are opening to summers of opportunities.

Make Connections

It may seem obvious, but the reason that we are in these intern positions is to learn and to make connections with individuals who have more experience and more knowledge in the field than we do. It is so important to step outside of your comfort zone and make a full effort to get to know everyone in the office. You never know how one’s experiences may have shaped their career and how that expertise could shape yours now, even if their field of studies looked much different than yours.

Ask Questions

You are there to learn. There is nothing wrong with asking questions and making sure you are getting the most out of each project you complete. In one of my interviews, I asked my interviewers what they thought made the difference between a good intern and a great intern. They told me that a great intern was one who went above and beyond and was always asking for help because they had that desire in them to learn.

Focus on Building Relationships

While it is important to get to know as many people as possible, it is also just as important to make solid, deep relationships with individuals who you can learn a lot from will prove beneficial in the long run as you will always have someone to turn to in a time of need, in a time of advice, or anything in between. Whether or not you come back to work for this company, relationships like this will last and ensure that you always have an outlet if you need one.

 

Create a Positive First Impression

Some people may argue that first impressions are the most important move in any situation. Creating that reliable impression will ensure that your educators trust you and can rely on you for anything that they may need this summer. After your first impression is made, make an effort to uphold the personality and work ethic of the individual who stepped foot into that office on the first day of the job.

Be Reliable

Don’t miss deadlines and don’t be late for work in the morning. It is the little things that your employer may notice about your work ethic and professional personality. Make an effort to get reports and projects in on time and make sure your work is thorough and well done.

End on a High Note

When the summer comes to an end, make sure you express your gratitude for the opportunity to learn all that you have in your time spent there. Connect with your coworkers on LinkedIn to ensure that they will see the successes of your upcoming year and be proud of their influence on the professional that you have become.

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