Surviving an internship can be a daunting task. You are likely to be in a new environment, maybe in a new city. Heck you have these new colleagues whom you now nothing about and to be honest, if you are lucky enough, trying to make ends meet with the low salary is quite a challenge.Therefore one should figure out how to manage self doubt and uncertainties for a successful internship. Keep in mind a great resume can open doors for you after college.
Here are some tips on how to enjoy and make the most out of your internship;
Take time to gather information about your new work environment, scope of work and any other task you anticipate being assigned and learn how to manage your expectations properly. If you have academic engagements, let your supervisor know so that they do not call you or give you work that collides with your school schedule.
Build a network
An internship is your opportunity to form professional contacts who were once in your shoes. Yes it takes time and effort outside your work to establish a flourishing relationship, but the network you build during this period can easily pay off in your future career goals.
Most of the time employers will probably give you the least consideration in the organisation. This should not dim you down. Do not be shy, speak up and let your employer know that you would like to sit in a meeting or help out with some certain tasks. If you get an opportunity to sit in a meeting, be assertive and ask questions. Share what you have and remember you are not just an intern; you are a member of the team. They will be more than happy to let you do some little learning.
Ask for help
Remember that you are there to learn and grow. Sometimes interns are afraid to admit when they are having trouble with their assignment and responsibilities. Make it a habit to always get clear on your expectations and seek help when in doubt. You can also ask your supervisor to review your performance at their convenience so that they can let you know where to improve.
Make yourself invaluable
Be intentional about your work. Do your best and in a timely manner and you will be on your way in making yourself invaluable to the organisation. Your skills might be better at completing a task therefore assisting in projects they could have never done themselves.The point is to give your employees or supervisor a reason to retain you.
Find some work buddies
One way to turn a house into a home is to love the people in it. Your co-workers will undoubtedly affect your ability to ‘love’ or ‘like’ your internship. Invest time in forming appropriate professional relationships with your new colleagues.
Pack your lunch
Gone are the days of heading to the dining hall and gorging on what to eat. You will notice that eating out on a daily during your internship will punch some dents into your wallet. Learn how to budget and save money by carrying packed lunch to work over every chance you can.
Finally, treat your internship like you would any job. Be punctual, organised, creative and helpful.