Back to School is here, yippee! As happy as I am to be a graduate, I’m still a little sad I’m not participating in the back to school festivities. There’s just something about new backpacks, notebooks and tennis shoes that gets us all excited for a fresh start. For junior/seniors in college, back to school usually means the start of a new internship. When I was in school, mine were my favorite part of the semester. It was exciting to use what I was learning in the classroom and apply it to the “real world.” The perfect balance of being an adult, yet still being a kid and getting to go home to college apartment at the end of the day. I’m extremely lucky to have had 3 internship experiences over my 4 years, each one even better than the last. I’ve put together five tips that will help make your experience the best it can be!
- Be On Time – Arriving on time is the first impression you can make! Employers want someone who is reliable and is there when they’re expected to be. In my personal life I tend to be a few minutes behind the rest of the world, but when it comes to career I set myself up to be 15 minutes early!
- Try New Things – Being an intern presents an opportunity to try things outside of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try skills outside of what you know, as it’s still okay to make simple mistakes. An internship isn’t just to practice what you already know, but pick up new skills as well.
- Dress Appropriately – Figuring out a companies atmosphere can be a little tricky in the beginning. It all depends on what field you have chosen to pursue. Stick to a stricter dress code for a few weeks and observe your peers in the meantime. Does everyone wear neutral colors and suits? Are jeans on Fridays a thing? Are dresses without tights OK? Always over-dress rather than under!
- Nurture Relationships – Networking is important! Building meaningful relationships with your peers and supervisors can help you grow as in individual. Relationships are also the #1 way people extend a helping hand when it comes to referrals for future opportunities.
- Relax – Every task is not a task of life or death! Yes, it is important to complete every task to the best of your ability, but becoming overly competitive or nervous can actually make things harder. Have confidence in yourself and remember you were chosen for this internship because your supervisors saw something in you they believed in.
xoxo, Belle of the Burgh