By: Christina Park
It’s that time of the year again when you are waiting on the status of your summer internship applications, going through interviews, or even accepting an offer. Whatever your situation may be, it’s always best to be prepared for the internship season. Here are some tips that will help you succeed in your summer internship and make you stand out as a potential candidate for full-time.
- Dress the part. Depending on the culture of the company, you may find that some workers come dressed to work in very casual attire. However, do not ever assume anything. Always play it safe and come dressed business casual. Ask your mentors or coworkers if you don’t know. Showing up on the first day (or any day, for that matter) with wrinkled or sloppy clothes will send a message that you may not be taking your internship seriously.
- Network outside and within your company. Always make your best effort to greet each person that you meet in the office with a warm smile and leave a positive impression. Show a genuine interest in those with whom you may be working, but also to those in other departments. Also, try to network with people outside of your day job. Keep up with your contacts! You never know who will end up being your mentor or future boss.
- Be prepared and arrive on time. Not only will being on time show that you are mentally and physically prepared for the day’s work, but it will leave the impression that you are more interested in getting the work done. Also, be prepared to stay late if needed. Leaving the job when it is complete may indicate that you will be a good future employee.
- Cell phone —out of sight, out of mind. Unless there is a personal emergency, it is best to put your cell phone away. In today’s society, it seems that cell phones and people go together like milk and honey. Texting or taking calls during work will give an appearance of disinterest, as well as lack of effort and focus on the job. Limit your cell phone use to your lunch break.
- Stay in touch. What many people fail to do after finishing their internship is keep in touch with their employers and even interns that they have worked together with. After finishing your internship, continue to keep building your relationships. Email them often, updating them with your professional goals, interests, and progress. You may be the first person to come to their mind when an opening comes up in the company.