I did a segment on KTLA yesterday (which I will post shortly) where I discussed some tips on how to really make the most of your summer internship. Here are a few tips I covered:
- Keep your cell phone on SILENT or just leave it in the car. You should not be checking your phone unless you are on your lunch break or you are using it for internship-related purposes. No texting or phone calls or checking apps.
- Stay off of Facebook on work computers. As soon as you are caught on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn your boss knows that you have "better" things to do.
- Don't Tweet or update your Facebook status about your internship during the actual work day (unless this is part of the employer's social media strategy). Your boss will most likely find you on these sites eventually and they shouldn't see you documenting your feelings about the day.
- Don't "friend" your boss or internship coordinator on Facebook unless they initiate the interaction. This can make many employers feel uncomfortable.