This blog is written by Jenna, our Campus Ambassador at Chico State. She is a junior journalism major and just finished an internship with a magazine in the Bay Area.
“If you can deal with us for another summer, we’d love to have you back next year.”
Two weeks before my summer internship ended, my supervisor casually threw this in at the end of an email. I was absolutely thrilled with the thought, and I became increasingly excited about my future options. Here are some things I did that I believe made them want me back.
Connect with everyone. Talk to everyone in the office. Create relationships with them and continuously ask if they need help with anything. This way, if your supervisor asks around to see who would be happy with having you around for a while longer, everyone will be familiar with you and associate you with being a helping hand.
Learn what people like. There are certain ways people like things done. Pay close attention to the details and it will be appreciated. I noticed that one of the editors in the office wanted me to use paper clips instead of staples when compiling files for her, so she could later keep them in a binder. Also, my supervisor was huge on communication, so I made sure to forward her many of the emails I sent.
Send daily updates. I found that sending an email to my supervisor that included a list of what I accomplished at the end of each day was really helpful. She loved the organization and it was also easier for me to check things off my list. Don’t flood their email inbox – just try it out one day and see how they respond. Some people may receive too many emails already and would prefer to only talk about your day in person.
Go above and beyond. Step out of your comfort zone and make your daily goal to make someone in the office say, “Wow.” Let them know you’re dedicated and ask a ton of questions. I once had the assignment of interviewing someone and writing a short bio. She told me she could only speak with me at 8 p.m. that night or the following week. If I waited, I would miss my deadline. I then took initiative and “worked” after leaving the office. It paid off.
I am not entirely sure of my plans for next summer just yet, but I had some other Campus Ambassadors weigh in – to intern with one company twice as long or move on and gain experience from multiple?
“I interned at the same company twice and now I have a full time position there!” Cat from University of South Florida
“My Work Experience teacher at school told me you should only stay at an internship if you are going to continue learning new things.” - Vanessa from San Diego Mesa College
“I interned at the same company three times but I always did something different.” – Sarah from University of Missouri