This blog post was written by Alicia, our Campus Ambassador (and former intern) from Towson University. She is going to be a senior with a major in Mass Communication and a minor in Italian. Alicia will be studying abroad in Rome this fall!
Now that you’ve landed your summer internship, the hard work begins! Here is my advice for making the most out of your internship, regardless of the company:
1. Come prepared. I can’t stress this enough. Before you applied for the internship, you should have researched it A LOT. Now that you’re there, the research shouldn’t stop. You should familiarize yourself with all of the company’s clients and what your department is working on. If someone asks you to assist on a project, you should be able to jump in and get to work immediately.
2. Be curious. Look into the company’s past work, it will help you mimic the company’s way of doing things and you won’t have to ask a ton of questions when they ask you to do something. Look into competitor’s work, and find out how you can top it. Just learn as much as possible while you’re there.
3. Meet everyone. This is especially important when you work at a big company and don’t work directly with a lot of the other employees. Ask them to sit down with you for 15 minutes to half an hour and just get to know them. Most likely, they’ll be excited to talk to you and share their knowledge. Many of the people I’ve spoken to have offered to introduce me to a friend at another company I’m interested in, and building your network is essential to your future success.
4. Add value. I know that lulls are inevitable, but you should be constantly thinking of how you can contribute when you have some free time. That may be proposing a new business opportunity, or coming up with a great idea for a client. So many interns are afraid to speak up for fear of saying something stupid, but be sure to think your ideas through and present them to the right people.
Have an amazing time at your internship!