Congratulations! You applied for an internship, stood out and secured your first internship, but you are unsure of what to expect. Securing your first internship can be hard because being an intern means that you are less experienced in your field of choice. The good news is, your supervisor knows it, but it does give you the permission to slack off. Preparation is vital, because not only does it help you feel less anxious, but it also gives you the opportunity to set yourself apart from your competition. Here are a few helpful tips to help you prepare for your internship:
1. Learn everything you can about the company
Understanding the mission and vision of the enterprise is a vital factor for every job. Demonstrating that you understand the objectives of the company will show your supervisor that you are dedicated to your job and that being a cohesive member of the organization is important to you. Research also helps you understand the culture of the organization, which will help you learn valuable information such as your office environment, reporting times, the dress code and the company’s compensation systems.
2. Network with your supervisor
Thanks to platforms such as LinkedIn, networking with professionals is now easier than ever. One way to reach out to your supervisor is by sending him or her a short message introducing yourself, mentioning the fact that you are excited by the prospect of working together. This will make you memorable, and your supervisor will appreciate it. Be sure that your LinkedIn profile is updated, with a professional username and a smart profile picture.
3. Keep up with current events
Keeping up with new events, especially those that are related to your industry is crucial. You do not want to be stuck in an elevator with your supervisor, and he or she brings up a discussion on the political crisis and have nothing to contribute to the conversation. One simple way to keep up with events is to set your homepage to a news site dedicated to your industry. This will help you sustain professional conversations with your co-workers, which will enable you to fit in better.
4. Be prepared to do anything
As an intern , it is essential to be flexible. Be prepared to carry out any and every task allocated to you. Most interns multi-task at the beginning of their internship, executing a range of functions from fetching coffee and lunch to making copies and taking notes at meetings. As your internship progresses, your role in the company will become clearer, allowing you to learn in the process.
Remember that an internship is a job like any other, and you must be prepared to put in the work. Try and be proactive, and execute your duties to the best of your ability, which will exhibit your best qualities allowing you to make a lasting impact on your supervisor and colleagues.
BONUS TIP: Dress and Style to Impress
One simple, overlooked, yet absolutely important key in guaranteeing your success in your first internship is to take pride in your appearance – that is, dress to impress, and rock the best look you can. The reason for this is very simple – dressing and looking well will ensure that you WILL feel well in terms of your confidence. And confidence is one of the most important things you need to exude as an intern – after all, you want to leave a good name (and in turn a good reference) for yourself, right? The simplest way to do so is to make the extra effort and take the time to make sure you are in the best form of your life, and always with good hair.
You can refer to these links below for more ways to amp your style up in preparation for your internship – good luck!
Best Hair Dryers 2016 | 50+ Blow Dryer Reviews | Oomphed!
7 Ways to Rock the First Day of Your Summer Internship | Her Campus
Wardrobe Essentials Checklist for Women | List of Essential Closet Staples for Chic Fashionistas