by: Tamsyn Solomon, Digital Marketing Intern
School is over, and work has just begun for many interns across the nation. As we enter the summer, public relations and marketing agencies are ramping up their search for worthy internship candidates. An internship is a crucial part of exploring your areas of interest and growing into the adult you are about to become. A study by Bloomberg found that internships boost your chances of being hired (as opposed spending your summers lying on the beach).
Now that you have landed your interview and are preparing for the internship ahead of you, there are a few things to consider if you want to maximize your experience.
Questions, questions, questions
You should never be afraid to ask questions, no matter what type of environment you are in. As an intern, your employees know you are still learning, so no question is a stupid one. Asking questions will provide you with knowledge that will help you achieve tasks as well as learn about your co-workers.
No one likes a Debbie downer. Coming into your internship with a positive attitude, and remaining that way till the end, will get you a long way. If you are always grumpy or annoyed, no one in the office will want to work with you. A positive attitude can be the difference between leaving with something to put on your resume and receiving a job offer.
Build a portfolio
As you go about your daily activities, it’s a good idea to create a folder of things you have completed. No task is too small to show a potential employer. Visuals you have created are perfect for displaying during an interview because they let interviewees see the skills you bring to the table.
Ask for feedback
When you complete a project or task, always ask your supervisor for feedback. This will be crucial to your learning. Don’t let the fear of negative feedback hold you back from gaining knowledge that will better your skills.
Before you leave your internship, connect with co-workers and superiors on LinkedIn and let your supervisor know that you are interested in a job with the company. Even if you aren’t hired, those connections should provide you with great recommendations for other companies you’re looking into.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be on the path to a successful internship: achieving your goals, making valuable connections, developing your skill set, and growing your portfolio.