Whether your internship is enjoyable or drudgery, around the middle of your time served, there will likely be a lull, allowing for you to become apathetic. As Robert Frost said, “The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” Instead of allowing your brain to turn off halfway through your internship, use this calm time to your advantage. Here are three tips for avoiding midway monotony and proving you are an asset to your company:
1) Look for a more efficient way to complete your tasks. Once you have mastered all your repetitive assignments, look for a way to do them better of more efficiently. For instance, instead of sharing documents through drop box, set up a live document on Google Docs. Before fully implementing any new method, ask for approval. Even if your boss denies your request, they will appreciate that you are taking initiative and thinking outside the box.
2) Ask for new projects. If you have a grasp on all of your work and are completing it in a timely manner, talk to your supervisor about taking on an extra project. Perhaps there is a client you are interested in working with or you want to shadow a reporter for a day, take this time to ask.
3) Make connections. Around the middle of an internship you should have already proved that you are intelligent and hardworking. Thus, it is the time to begin developing your relationships. Make an effort to converse with everyone in your office and then connect on LinkedIn. Each person at your company is an ideal candidate for an informational interview.
Although not foolproof, these tips you will help your chances of being offered a permanent position and will guarantee some great professional connections and recommendations.
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