How can students make the most of their college internships?

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How can students make the most of their college internships?

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

How can students make the most of their college internships?

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.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

How can students make the most of their college internships?

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.