According to Motivation Hacker, “The success you achieve in life will be proportional to the quality and quantity of the effort you put in.” As an intern, it is incredibly crucial to get every single bit of experience out of your internship. After all, you’re only there for a short amount of time and you’ll need more professional material to put on your resume and portfolio when you leave and go apply for your next job. This is why it is so important to put the most amount of effort into everything you do, even if it’s not something you’re passionate about. According to CBS News, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your job, while simultaneously adding experience to your portfolio/resume:
1. Ask Yourself This Question: “What can I bring to the table?”
Even though you have a job, pretend that you’re going in for a job interview and the manager asks you, “What can you bring to this organization?” Stop and think about that. If you were competing against 20+ other people for this job, what would you offer to do that would push you over the top? And do exactly that.
2. Problem Solve
Just pretend you were asked to do something out of your normal job duties and find a solution. Do the research, run through the potential problems, and then propose a solution. And then perhaps present it to your boss. This will show some initiative and ambition! (Problem solving is a great skill to add to the resume.)
3. Look Out For Yourself
Try asking your supervisor for more duties in your field of interest. It can be intimidating, but sometimes your boss doesn’t know exactly what you need out of your internship. And more than likely, they want to help you. You might even ask for more responsibilities because you can carry more on your plate. (Multitasking is another nice skill to put on the resume.)
Now not only have you impressed your supervisor, but you have also created more pieces to put on your portfolio/resume! Just always remember: you get out what you put in.