It’s safe to say the first few days of an internship will consist of getting to know the company, your coworkers and the general ins and outs of the office. If you’re lucky though, like I have been, you’ll be assigned projects to spearhead as soon as you start.
Having had an internship experience prior to this one, I figured the first few days would be an “acclimation period”. To my delighted surprise, however, I was given a project upon arrival to craft a communications plan for one of our affiliate programs. I had barely figured out how to hook up my wireless mouse and where to find the extra pens when I dove into this project.
If this sort of thing scares you, let me give you some insight on how to deal with the pressure when you’re just starting an internship:
Do your research.
Take a deep breath and start investigating. Make sure you have all the information you need to complete the task. Read all the background materials before starting in on a project.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Your boss is there as a resource. If you aren’t sure about something, reach out for more direction. You’ll feel better having the right information up front than having to correct a mistake later.
Of any piece of advice I could give you, this would be the one worth repeating. You’ve already landed that internship, and your boss knows you have what it takes to do the job. Be confident that you have the skills to do awesome work, and it will reflect in your project.
Keep these tips in mind as you hit the ground running and you’ll be more prepared when the pressure is on. And with that, I’m off to present my plan to my boss and the CEO.