1. Look for ways to make what you’re doing better. Once you’ve figured out the lay of the land, it’s time to consider switching things up. Is there a more efficient way to accomplish your tasks? Try to come up with some ideas you would tell the next intern that make the job easier or more efficient. In my internship I came up with a new folder system I am using that separates emails by client. It’s a simple tool, but it is something I did to save time.
2. Ask if there are new things you can help with.
If you feel comfortable with the tasks you are doing each day, ask if there is anything new you can help with. Ask to sit in on meetings with clients, or take notes during office meetings, or even print out information for presentations someone is doing. Asking to do these extra tasks will never hurt you. And what is the worse thing that could happen? They say no? Your employer will appreciate that you are willing to help out extra and probably give you something more challenging to test out. How to ask for more tasks without sounding expendable.
3. Seize the opportunity to network…any opportunity.
When new things happen in the office, for example, a new client starts using your company’s services, ask if there is anything you can do for them. Ask to go to meetings so you can make more contacts. Always carry business cards. We might not have a title, or position yet, but having a business card handy is a great way to meet people and get your name in their hand… literally.