How to Make Yourself Stand Out in the Crowd

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How to Make Yourself Stand Out in the Crowd

This blog is written by Michelle, the campus ambassador for the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

Many of us interns this fall are not the only interns at the company.  At major firms they hire hundreds of interns every summer to get their daily work accomplished. When I came to my internship, I wanted to make myself stand out of all the college students making their way through the office every day.

I began by learning everyone’s name in the office, and when I saw them in the hallway I was sure to say hello and asked them how they were doing.  Even though they all were not my boss, it showed that I cared enough to go that extra step and get to know them.

I was also sure to go above and beyond the call of duty.  When we had early morning news shoots (starting around 5:30 a.m.) I was always there on time. Sometimes I was the only intern there.

I always made sure to ask my boss if there was anything I could do, other than my long-term projects.  Something they were just little things like making copies or sending e-mails, but I wanted them to know that I was there for them, and not just concerned with my own projects.

While I’m still at this internship and won’t really know how effective these tactics were until I’m finished, I can be sure that I’ve done what I can to make myself stand out in the hoard of interns at my office on any given day.