How can students make the most of their college internships?
Do exactly what you’re told to do. In many cases it’s more important to simply do what you’re told, rather than trying to change something to what you perceive is better. Be sure to ask for an LOR (Letter Of Recommendation).
Keep up a work ethic to ensure positive referrals, use LinkedIn for college students and get the recommendations while still on the job, and keep good contacts/names for each organization. Volunteer for every project you can!
Make yourself indispensable. Don’t settle for just being the coffee gal or mail boy. Show up on time, dressed for the situation, phone off, online surfing curtailed for the day, make conversation, be on task/not distracted. Ask for special project assignments. Put in more than 100% effort and it will show. Employers see interns as an asset too, so it’s a 2 way street. You’ll know you did a good job when they make you an offer to return the next year or in a paid/full time capacity.
I tell student to work smartly during their internship to complete the required task so that it allows them time to explore areas outside of their responsibility. As with any job, your employer wants to see that you can handle the job you have and do it well before they are willing to expand your responsibilities. Doing this not only allows you to learn many more facets about the field you are working but it also greatly improves your chances of landing a job there upon graduation or at the very least this employer will be a great advocate of yours in the field and can help you secure that very important first job.
Along with getting valuable work experience, students can make the most out of their internships by networking to secure industry contacts. Stand out by going above and beyond what is asked of you. Come in early and stay late. Exhibit a strong work ethic and a pleasant personality, and remember you are there to learn. Unsolicited ideas on ways the company can operate more efficiently, may not always be welcome. Listen to what is needed and work to make your boss look good.
Once you graduate, your former employer may just come looking for you.
Internships are your single best tool for getting a job offer upon graduation. However, too many college students waste this opportunity and hurt future employment chances instead. Treat your internship as a serious job. Some things should go without saying—arrive on time, dress in accordance with the office standard, work hard while you are there, and strive to make a good impression without sucking-up. Next, use the opportunity to make connections at your internship and in the field. Attend meeting for professional organizations and local networking groups. You will leave your internship with great experience, knowledge about the industry, and plenty of professional connections.
There are several things you can do to make the best of your internship.
Work hard and make an impact on the organization. Be impressive and likeable. Mangers will always remember you if you had a positive attitude and were great all round. You will probably be offered a paid position or they will recommend to others.
Learn how to network and use these skills to increase your contacts in that industry. Again, your internship can lead to paid summer employment and a full-time job once you graduate. Also, it’s important to stay in touch with the individuals you work with and meet during your internship. Hopefully, they’ll think of you when a paid position is available.
Use your internship as part of your research on a particular job, company and industry. This is a great opportunity and the benefits may last a lifetime.
Search for internships in your field of study and use those internships to explore the professional possibilities in your area of interest. You will create a more rewarding experience if you are determined to work hard and take responsibility. Even if an internship choice was not ideal, you may still come away with new professional connections to add to your growing network and one or two mentors who may refer you to another internship in a related field.
If there is not an excellent networking program associated with the internship, students can go out of their way to make connections and learn from and about as many people as possible. Finding a good mentor is paramount.
It’s important to remember that an internship can be an excellent segue into your profession after graduation. This means that every person you meet could possibly be a connection that will aid you in securing a paid position…a REAL JOB! It’s also important to remember that you have an opportunity to provide input and ideas during your internship that your employer might find invaluable. If your employer finds you to be a strong contributing member of the staff you can certainly bank on a great letter of reference, if not a place on their team.
it should be the best way for students to land employement contracts after college.
if you can start from minimum and show responsiblity regardless the job title, you will learn more from your colleagues than the text books all together.
This is a huge area these days. Students who are fortunate enough to have internships during college can test out work life, make important contacts for their days after college, get stellar references for graduate and summer work, and can test out some of theory of class with practical applications.
Students should regularly check in at the offices of their major. Most colleges post internship opportunities on boards. They should get to know professors who will have great suggestions and know what internships have worked well for students in the past.
Once a student has an internship, it’s time to soar! Be enthusiastic but not pushy. Take on all sorts of tasks, even those with which you may not be comfortable. Volunteer when it’s least expected. Help the organization out by using your skills for their benefit.
Internships aren’t about money. They’re about experience.
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