As the one-month mark at my internship approaches, I finally feel like I have gotten into the swing of things. I figured out how to work the copy machine and I’m no longer embarrassed by the 3 cups of coffee I get from the community kitchen in the morning. I’ve gotten a chance to know the people (and dog!) in the office better and am slowly but surely developing a daily routine.
Entering a new workplace can be daunting and I’ve learned that mastering the form of communication with your coworkers and supervisor, in particular, is key. Not only does effective communication help you become a more productive intern, but it can also make you feel like an integrated part of your organization.
Here are some tips on communicating more effectively with your supervisor during your internship:
Learn which kind of communication they prefer.
Would they rather chat face-to-face or are they more of an email kind of person? Ask them which form of communication is most convenient so that you know the best way to get into contact.
Establish a routine check-in time.
Ask your supervisor if you can meet weekly or bi-weekly to check in with each other. It’ll keep you on track and it’s helpful to know that there is a designated time for you to ask questions and get feedback.
If you feel swamped or have way too much on your plate, let your supervisor know ASAP. It’s better to let them know sooner rather than later so that they can plan accordingly.
Sometimes it’s difficult to admit that you don’t really know what you are doing. However, internships are supposed to be learning experiences and it’s okay to ask your supervisor for a little guidance if you are unsure of something. They are there to help you and ultimately want you to succeed!
Here are some other ways to utilize communication in the workplace.