10 Things An Intern Should Always Have On Them

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10 Things An Intern Should Always Have On Them

Michelle Langer is the campus ambassador for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a theatre and journalism double major.  This summer she is interning at the Maryland State Arts Council and is profiling her experiences on madtownfoodie.wordpress.com.

  1. 1. An up-to-date calendar: There’s nothing worse than when your boss mentions to you a meeting or event that you should attend and you don’t have your calendar handy to write it down.  This is especially crucial if you are working more than one job, because if you are to be an event for your internship, you don’t want to accidentally be scheduled to work on the same day, or vice versa.
  2. Extra pens and pencils (especially when out of the office): This may seem pretty simple, having pens and pencils with you, but you’d be surprised how much it can set you ahead, especially when you’re out of the office.  Your boss is searching for something to write something down with and you can easily hand him or her a writing utensil, it shows that you come prepared.
  3. An extra sweater or suit jacket: I always carry an extra sweater or jacket with me to work, partially because sometimes it can be cold in the office, but largely because you never know when you’re going to be sent in to speak with some big-wig or be sent on an errand to a major location.  It’s sets you apart when you looked dressed for the occasion.
  4. A good, comfortable pair of flats: Whether you’re wearing them or carrying them in your bag, have a good pair of flats that you can throw on if necessary is vital.  In most internships, if they want you to run an errand, they want you to do it as quickly as possible, not as stylishly as possible.
  5. An umbrella: I always have an umbrella in my bag, even if there is a 0% chance of rain according to the meteorologists.  This is mostly due to where I live, because here it can suddenly downpour.
  6. Tide-to-go: You don’t want to go into a meeting with a huge tomato sauce stain do you?
  7. Ibuprofen:  Just because you have a headache doesn’t mean the rest of the world does, so you just have to take two and power through.
  8. Post-its: Extra paper is a must, especially if you’re running around a lot, you don’t want to miss a note.
  9. Either a laptop or even better, smartphone: I can’t tell you how many times my bosses have asked me a question that I’ve had to Google, and most of the time it’s been outside of the office.
  10. A carry-all that makes you look like Mary Poppins when you pull all of these things out!