I just completed the first week of my internship and I’ve received a lot of great advice on how to make the most of my experience. Here are some of my favorites!
Personally, this is something I struggle with every day. This is common among students, especially those in creative fields because our work can always be improved and is rarely perfected. Remember that your internship site is excited to have you there and that you are there because you’re qualified and have skills they value.
Dress to impress
First, make sure that you are aware of the dress code. Whether your office has a casual or formal dress code, make sure that what you’re wearing is appropriate. The Balance makes a good point “just like all other employees, interns also represent the company’s image in how they dress and present themselves in the business environment to other workers, clients and customers.” As a rule of thumb, it’s always better to be overdressed than to be underdressed.
Psychology Today states that one in four professionals have missed work because of stress. Take necessary breaks, pack a snack and make sure you get enough rest. You will be able to put more into your internship when you take care of your mental and physical health. If you are in an office setting and work behind a desk, make sure you’re getting fresh air, stretching, and walking when you can.
Your internship is a great opportunity to build new relationships and hopefully land your dream job. Who knows you may meet someone working in the position you’re interested in or someone who has a connection to your dream job. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to somebody new every day.