You may or may not get paid during the course of your internship, but one thing’s for sure: It’ll be a eye-opening experience for you. In just a span of a few months, you’ll get a taste of working life in the industry and at the same time, develop new skills that will prepare you for life in the workforce. So naturally, you’ll want to make the most out of your internship and ensuring that you end it on a high note. Without further ado, below are the things that can help you to stand out in your time as an intern:
1. Be humble
You’re entering the organization as a newbie, so you have to show your humility. You may be a big fish in a small pond in your college, but now you’re a small fish in a big lake because you’re at the bottom of the food chain. So it’s good to be humble while having an open mind because your colleagues are way more experienced than you.
Being humble is also crucial because your pride and arrogance may affect your decision making and as a result, you may risk jeopardizing the image of the organization by losing important information or clients if you decide take things into your own hands. Remember, some of the most successful people are very humble and grounded despite of their success, and that shows character.
2. Be hardworking
A word that’s relatively thrown around a lot but not a trait that many people practice. Hard work comes from the desire to transcend and to exceed expectations, and it’s a extremely beneficial trait to possess. If you rationalize the notion for not working hard because it’s an internship, then you’re losing the opportunity to learn and grow as well as a chance to cement a permanent position within the organization. You should always strive to give 100% or even more if it’s possible.
3. Be patient
Another crucial quality to possess and vital especially if you’re an intern. Considering the amount of work and things that you need to deal with, you might feel that your remuneration does not justify your workload. But don’t get upset and leave, or lose yourself in front of your employers before you complete the course of your internship because you’ll regret it eventually. Remember, your internship is an invaluable experience that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Good or bad, whatever the outcome of your internship is, you must still be patient because it helps you in your learning process. Your patience will eventually be the catalyst for developing new skills – whether if it’s how to deal with slower colleagues or learning to control your emotions. Either way, it will change the way you think and work.
4. Push yourself out of your comfort zone
You may be a writer for a website as an intern, but don’t just restrict yourself to just writing. Perhaps you’re hesitant to step out of your comfort zone and prefer doing things in routine because it’s safe and you’re afraid of change, but change can lead to positive outcomes.
Push yourself to learn new things and improve on things that you’re either weak at or may dislike. If you polish your strengths while ignoring your weaknesses then you’re just basically restricting and limiting yourself in terms of the diversification of your skills. It’s beneficial to learn a little bit of everything because it’s competitive out there.
For example, if you you push yourself to learn how to utilize SPSS for analyzing statistical data or some basic HTML for programming, then at least you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and you’re making proper use of your time as an intern. Your superiors will be pleased to know that you took the initiative to come out of your comfort zone and your knowledge in programming may save you when you’re job hunting because there is demand for talents who possess a bit of programming skills.
In addition to that, you’re developing new skills that are outside of your skill sets – which may come in handy in the future. Your future employer will be more than happy to know that you’re the handy person at the office.
Lastly, it’ll look good on your CV and who knows, you might come to like doing something that you thought you were previously uninterested in.
5. Mingle around
Be nice and fun around the office. Greet your colleagues and superiors. Tell them that good joke you know that never fails to make people laugh, or one the stories about your adventure. People tend to accept you when you’re a likable person with a good sense of humor.
You should also socialize more often in order to build your connections and networks. Talking to people will allow them to understand you better and vice versa. This is particularly useful if you want to express yourself. Building a solid relationship with your colleagues may help you when you’re job hunting because there’s a high chance that they might refer you to their contacts and speak highly of you and your qualities.
6. Take your internship seriously
Your internship is a great platform for you to shine and to show what you’re capable of. Even if you’re given a task that may seem insignificant or small, don’t take it lightly. Instead, do your best and treat it like a real job, such as being punctual and obeying the rules.
When you’ve proven that you can handle the task, your manager or supervisor will then give you a bigger role. One thing will lead to another and before you know it, you’ll gain their trust because of your commitment. In the end, the one that benefits from all of this will ultimately be you.
7. Don’t take things personally
Understand that every decision that your superiors make or they may expect of you, is nothing personal, just strictly business. Don’t take things personally and hold grudges because you need to remember that your organization is running a business, and sometimes the business perspective needs to be taken into consideration. However, if you still feel uncomfortable about certain things, sit down and have a talk with your superiors about the way you feel and try to find a viable solution together.