So you were just offered an exciting internship in your field where you’ll get to test out all of those great skills you’ve acquired during your time here at UConn. How do you make sure that you stand out from all of those other bright and shining students eager to perform during their internship right alongside you? Using these three tips, you’ll be able to make yourself known, and ensure you’ve made a lasting impression on your employer and your team.
- Mini Interviews- So now that you have your foot in the door at this great company, why not use your newly found affiliation to learn more about the people around you that are doing what you hope to do when you graduate? Try scheduling time with your coworkers to grab coffee or lunch one day and pick their brain about what got them to where they are now and where they think they’re headed. Establishing these relationships with colleagues early will help show those around you that you not only care about the work you do, but care about those you work with as well. It’s also a great opportunity to find out something new about the industry you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.
- Be Willing To Help- Typically, in large corporations, managers are pulled in many different directions and their immediate priority isn’t to see if the intern is keeping busy and isn’t simply surfing the internet all day. If you find yourself with some down time during the day between projects, reach out to your coworkers to see if they might need help with their projects or tasks. You’ll not only stand out as the intern that eased everyone else’s workloads, but you might get to see a different function of the business than you currently work in.
- Network With Your Peers- There is often many more interns doing work just like you around the company. Take the opportunity to reach out to them and establish that connection. Building a close knit group of people your own age during these experiences gives you the chance to make new friends and learn even more about the company through the eyes of your peers. Employers also appreciate seeing interns take initiative to reach out to others and build those relationships across the company. It’s a very easy win-win to make your time there even more enjoyable and enhance your career.
With these tips, you’ll be sure to make an outstanding impression on your managers, your team, and your company during the internship. If you need any more guidance on how to succeed in your internship, please stop by the Center for Career Development and make an appointment with our talented career counselors. We hold walk-in hours from 12-4, Monday through Friday.