What Do You Do During an Internship?
Simply turning up on time isn’t exactly the most effective means to getting noticed during an internship, so read on and start preparing yourself.
Discover what you do during an internship to get noticed.
Do your research
First and foremost, it’s a good idea to at least know about the company you’re going to be spending your days working for. Do your homework before you start interning to get an idea of the different sectors the company has based off their website, social media presence and current employees, and acquire a thorough understanding of the company’s goals and vision.
You’re not going to come across as an enthusiastic potential employee if you stand behind. During your internship, make your voice heard and your presence felt by joining in. Brainstorming sessions and team meetings are made for input, so throw in some ideas and join the discussion when you can.
An internship is also the perfect time to show what you’re made of. Step up with every task you are given, and go above and beyond to complete each task to the best of your ability. Whilst we understand that not everything you’ll be given will be extremely exciting, we do know employees will be paying close attention to your attitude.
Pay attention to the details
Internships are largely made up of assistance and support tasks, but instead of being deterred, learn to love it. Start paying attention to the details of your tasks and bit by bit, you’ll begin to learn the ins and outs of the company.
Learn to be proactive and don’t wait for tasks to be spoon fed to you –show everyone that you actually want to be there. Acting like a productive and positive team member will work in your favour.
Document your progress
Take notes, document and keep a print out of any material you are given during your internship (keeping confidentiality in mind). A successful project will all be a welcome addition to bulk up your portfolio and are perfect points to expand upon for any future job interviews – or post-internship meetings.
Network, network, network
Your time as an intern places you in the perfect environment to connect with the right people – so get talking. Make an effort to remember everybody’s name and be sure to attend any social or post work gatherings if you receive an invitation.
Asking questions to co-workers and engaging with them about any work projects during your internship will give you a well-rounded perception of who that person is in both a working and social environment, and by finding their passion point, will also allow them to form a connection with you.
Make it your mission to engage with at least three new people in your working environment each day.
Additionally, be sure not to disregard anybody in a working environment – the person you brush off with a simple nod and a wave could be the most vital connection you will make.