As an intern, you’re going to get projects that you feel aren’t worth your while. You are doing tasks that may seem boring and repetitive. These jobs are responsibilities your co-workers do not want to do. Nonetheless, these jobs still need to be completed. No matter what position you obtain in your career, there are always going to be tasks you’d rather not do but have to get done. This is especially frustrating to the aspiring intern who desperately wants to prove him or herself. To ensure success, you want to make sure you’re going above and beyond and integrating yourself into the company as a whole. Start off my completing those boring and menial tasks with a smile.
During week 7 of my internship, I experienced a small slump. I started to feel like a robot. I thought to myself, “Is my work adding any value to my internship? Myself?” I took this problem into my own hands. I put pen to paper and brainstormed a few different fun and unique marketing tactics that inspired me. I picked the most valuable, inspiring and realistic one and created a thorough plan. Within the next few days, I pitched the idea to my supervisor and he was impressed. He gave me the green light to go ahead and tackle the whole project by myself. Ever since then, I’ve had a lot more control over my projects.
Instead of waiting to get cool tasks assigned to you, try something different and assign them to yourself. Find ways to integrate things that inspire you, into the tasks at your internship site. Present your plan of attack to your supervisor and you may surprise yourself with the outcome.