Three Tips for Avoiding Internship Midway Monotony


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.

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons User Mandymooo

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About lizazevedo

I am currently a senior-graduating December, 2012-at the University of Oregon in the school of journalism and communications. Majoring in both Advertising and PR has allowed and encouraged me to be interested in many things. I am a writer, a planner, a creative, a thinker, a doer, a communicator, a strategist, an athlete, a curator and an artist (to name just a few of my roles).
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7 Responses to Three Tips for Avoiding Internship Midway Monotony

  1. hailayn says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips, Liz. I think it’s easy to fall into a boring routine, do the bare minimum and keep your head down. It’s harder, however, to shake things up and think beyond basic instructions. I especially like your first point of finding ways to do things more efficiently. A lot of organizations have been doing things the same way for years! Sometimes a newbie’s perspective could be all they need to speed up a process that used to take double the time to complete.

  2. katshannon says:

    Great tips Liz! I think they are all spot on and good advice for interns. This time is one that every intern should be aware of because you’re right, its a great opportunity for growth and learning.
    I think the timing of this post is perfect and I hope we all try and take on an extra opportunity for growth within our individual internships to give ourselves more experience and knowledge.

  3. cmckee2 says:

    I don’t think this post could’ve been more perfectly timed for us interns. Sometimes it’s easy to clock out and go through the motions at this time, as it was in class. However, if anything, this is the time where we should excel in front of our supervisors. I also like your suggestion of using Goggle Docs over Dropbox. Great insight!

  4. Chelsea Fung says:

    Thanks for the helpful tips! Also, this post is perfect timing for all of us in our internships. I know were all thinking about the next step especially if our position will become permanent or not.

  5. Great tips Liz and what great timing. I smiled when I saw this post, it’s nice to know we are all feeling the same. Thanks for sharing

  6. Great post Liz. I couldn’t agree more with Emily, your timing is spot on.

  7. I’m glad you wrote this, Liz. Instead of just going through the motions at our internships and being there for the required hours, it will be so beneficial to take it into our own hands to truly exceed our supervisor’s expectations. This post was a really good reminder of our huge present opportunity.

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