How To Make the Most Out of Your Internship


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:64020766

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.

-Megan Moran

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About Megan Moran

Hi, my name is Megan Moran. I am extremely passionate about Broadcast Journalism and Communications. I am currently immersed in my last year at the University of Oregon and my expected graduation date is June 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I am a proud Oregon native, originally from Portland. I crave the smell of the rain on occasion and I dream about the snowy slopes on Mt. Hood. Although, nothing beats a warm, sunny day on the Oregon Coast. The PNW is my happy place. My journey into the realm of Journalism first sparked when I was young, however, as I got older, my interest in Journalism became more apparent. I have always been inspired by journalists in the industry, such as Giuliana Rancic. Her ability to develop her brand in an professional way, her work ethic and tenacity, and most importantly, her strong relationships she builds with others is what motivated me to become a journalist. Her passions are what motivate her and I am the exact same way. Although I have always wanted to be a Broadcast journalist, in the last year I have also sparked an interest in Public Relations. It is very important to me to connect with people on a daily basis and I strongly value communication through school and the workplace. I find engaging with all kinds of people very rewarding. As long as it has to do with people, count me in. Last summer, I interned for a radio station in Portland called, "98.7 The Bull," which is a country music station under Alpha Media Broadcasting Agency. This internship provided me the opportunity to learn many different broadcasting abilities. For example, how to operate a sound board, edit audio clips, create podcasts, expand their social media, and perfectly execute a show from start to finish. This internship gave me not only tremendous experience in the field, but also gave me the confidence as an aspiring journalist. As of August 2015, I was offered a part-time job with "98.7 The Bull" as an on-air personality by the name of, "MJ." I've broken down many comfort barriers and utilized many networks to achieve my goals as a radio personality and student. My goals following graduation include expanding my horizons in the PR and broadcast journalism industry and continuing my life-long dream of making a difference. Please feel free to comment with any ideas or opinions on my blog posts. For more information about me visit my LinkedIn @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-moran-971b2971 or email me at mmoran6@uoregon.edu.
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4 Responses to How To Make the Most Out of Your Internship

  1. pdxsx says:

    All great advice, Megan! Live these words the last few weeks and you’ll have an amazing portfolio, network and more than a few LORS. 🙂

    B00m!

  2. Megan this is a great post. I really like the last tip, “Look out for yourself”, it is a great way to show you are actively working on making you and the company better. Staying focused shows your worth to the company.

  3. This is a great post Megan! I really liked how you explained the importance of “looking out for yourself.” It’s a great idea to always ask for work that relates to what you want to do. Way to show plenty of initiative!

  4. Megan, I would agree that these are some of the top pieces of advice I would give to anyone else as well! I think you’ve really nailed it on the head with these ones. It goes a long way to incorporate these perspectives in your interactions in the workplace. Good job!

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