Now entering the third week of my internship, it still feels as though I have had an abundance of questions each day I step into the office. As I continue to become accustomed to my workspace and office lingo, I am constantly finding myself asking my supervisor questions about my assignments.
Granted, I am an intern and it is expected that I ask many questions, I still fear that there is a limit to the amount of questions I can ask. According to a recent USA Today article, a common complaint from employers is that interns need babysitting and don’t think through problems and issues.
Thus, I have compiled four recommendations for how interns should handle any questions or confusion they may have:
1. Google It: You can most likely find your answer on Google. Don’t worry if you can’t find what you are looking for during your initial search. Conduct an advanced Google search to narrow down your search query based on the date and keywords.
2. Look at Previous Company Documents: It’s amazing what you can learn about your current employer if you read some of their past news releases, spreadsheets or any other available document.
3. Ask Another Co-Worker: This can be a great opportunity to meet someone new in your office and display your level of engagement and curiosity.
4. Just Ask Your Supervisor: If worse comes to worst, you should just ask your supervisor your questions. At the end of the day, it is crucial that you do not make any errors. It is more important that you have any questions or concerns clarified, so that you can do your best work. If it’s a minor question, try out my previous recommendations before you approach your supervisor.