So, you have the summer internship that you wanted. It fits your major, helps you get your foot in the door at a good company, maybe introduces you to a city you’ve never been to before. You’re excited for this brand new experience, but you also may be anxious about it. Don’t worry though, thanks to the cheesier side of social media, we can access plenty of motivating quotes whenever we need it, so I’ve found a few you should remember as you’re beginning that internship:
Spend some time with your supervisor to figure out your goals throughout the length of your internship. What are you looking to accomplish? What challenges do you want to tackle? Are there some loose ends you want to improve on? Answering these questions will allow supervisors to make more informed decisions on projects you do over the course of the internship. It also shows your supervisor your ambition and that you are willing to do whatever it takes to make it in the job.
In most internships, you have the opportunity to work alongside people who have spent their lives in the career field you’re just beginning, as well as fresher faces who had just recently gone through the growing pains that you now face. Take advantage of that. Take the time to connect with and get to know many people in your workplace. Take heed of the advice they may give to you about starting your career. That’s the whole point of an internship: to get introduced to the ways of the working world.
Attitude is always the difference between a decent intern and a stellar one. This quote pretty much says it all; if you take every challenge with the attitude that you are going to be able to learn from this experience and try something that you are not familiar with or may not be comfortable with, that speaks volumes to your supervisors. It also speaks volumes to future employers who might use those supervisors as reference.
You’re not the first person to go through the first day of a new internship. You may feel like an outsider. You may feel like you mess up a lot. You may feel like O’Malley after a talking-to from Dr. Bailey in Grey’s, even if you end up with a flawless first day. Any good supervisor will understand that, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and take in all of the information that is given to you. It’s better to take the time you need to know everything early in the internship rather than acting like you do and getting into trouble later on.
You may respond to this in a classic Tumblr way with, “Omg Peter, this is so me.” *Reblogs.* Just remember, if you’re still nervous and you want to get some help preparing for that internship, feel free to reach out to one of our career counselors in Wilbur Cross Room 202.