5 Signs That You Might be Dropping the Ball on Your Spring Internship
We get it, you are either about to graduate or go away for the summer – to intern, to travel, to do something. But your spring internship isn’t over quite yet. Make sure you don’t drop the ball right before your spring internship ends. Here are some tips to read over so that you can check yourself.
1. You stopped saying YES. At the beginning of your internship, your team invited you to things (events, social activities, etc.) and you always took them up on it. Now when they ask you, you tell them you can’t or you are busy.
2. You don’t show up. Similarly, you used to show up at work events to volunteer and help out but now you are clearly over it and no longer come if it's not 100% mandatory.
3. You’ve gotten more than 2 tasks completely wrong this past week. It’s the end of your internship. You should be a pro! But instead, you feel like you are lagging and constantly messing up. You must have too much on your brain. Try to really focus and be present while at the internship. You want to leave on great terms – not with a ton of mistakes.
4. You’d describe your work pace as slow. We all have a ton of things going on in our lives. And we know – you have work, finals, graduation, party-planning, summer internship prep – you have a lot going on. Again, make sure that you are doing everything just as well as you did it the first or second week of your internship. Take notes, ask questions, and try to work as efficiently as possible.
5. Don’t Overshare. Yes, you are now more friendly with your supervisors than ever before – after all, you’ve been around all semester. Just remember, they are still in charge and you want to filter what you chose to share. If you got drunk, went to Coachella, passed out at a party, or even went on an inappropriate Tinder date – you have to filter what you say at work.
There’s only a few more days left. Soak up the opportunity, have a final feedback session with your internship coordinator, and try your best to hold it together until the last day. Remember, the goal of this opportunity is to leave a lasting impression so that one day this company – or a company they are in touch with – hires you. Good luck!