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Three Internship Tips

Posted: February 16, 2015, 4:09 p.m.
by Mackensie Henderson.

According to, the importance of an internship while in college continues to rise. Companies use their internship program as a trial run for potential new employees. If an intern excels, they have the potential to obtain a job upon graduation; if the intern doesn’t live up to the employers’ expectations, this can negatively affect the intern’s chance of future employment.

More than 67 percent of students in the 2013 graduating class completed at least one internship during college. It is imperative that you shine in the few months you have with a company. Here are a few ways to turn employers’ heads during your internship:

Photo provided by temping-agency (Flickr)
Photo provided by temping-agency (Flickr)

Leave a lasting impression
Now more than ever, companies are hiring previous interns for full-time employment. Network with your boss or supervisor; they could potentially help you acquire a job in the future. The goal of an internship is to gain work-related experience and to enhance your résumé. Make sure your work reminds the employer of you.

For example, with my latest internship, I created a multi-media marketing campaign that the company presented to the client. It was a win-win situation. If this isn’t a possibility, organize a binder filled with research or press clippings for the company to keep things structured — that will earn you major intern points. Above all else, even if your internship experience was subpar, always leave on a positive note.

Photo provided by hasloo (Flickr)
Photo provided by hasloo (Flickr)

Take initiative
The company’s employers hired you because they saw potential in you. Don’t let them down! Consistently ask others if they need assistance with anything — don’t wait around for your boss to give you an assignment. Offer to create a monthly internal newsletter for the company during the months you’re there; ask to set up an appointment with other department heads to gain insight and career advice.

These simple actions show you care. By initiating conversation and networking, you could meet somebody who knows an employee at that company you’ve been yearning to work for since freshman year of college.

Photo provided by sevans1988 (Flickr)
Photo provided by sevans1988 (Flickr)

Make a mistake? Try again. 
You’re an intern, not a PR pro . . . yet. Try to avoid making a mistake, but if it happens, employers understand that you’re adjusting to the work world. Don’t over think it. According to Forbes, the third trait of all successful people is that they’re not afraid to fail. Learn from your failure and achieve greatness next time.

Want more advice on how to be a superstar intern? Here’s a CNN article with more information.


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