Don’t ever be afraid to challenge yourself. If I could narrow it down to one thing that I have learned from this internship it is that when you hold back you will not achieve success. Employees do not want to see an intern being timid; they want someone who shows initiative and interest in the work they do.
When you put yourself out there and show that you want to challenge yourself, your supervisor and employer will reward you.
When I started my internship in advertising I did not have a clue what to expect. You could easily find me with my head buried into my laptop attempting to learn about the clients in the roster, but in reality you are doing yourself disservice if you don’t actively engage and challenge what you are used to.
Many of our supervisors have told us to “be a sponge,” and honestly that’s what you need to do to find success. Listen, ask questions, and engage with the work. Those are the 3 things you should do to challenge yourself.
Getting the internship should always be considered the “easy” part. Challenging yourself and putting yourself through real world problems and finding solutions to those problems; that’s where you learn how conquer the real world.
Rant over. Best of luck!
– Ryan Delaney