The first day of your summer internship is coming up and you want to make sure that you make a great impression. If you have never had an internship before, now is the time to get prepared. However, if you have had internships in the past, you can always brush up on your skills.
Some tips to keep in mind for the first day of your summer internship:
Be physically and mentally ready. In order to do your best at the interview, make sure you’re physically and mentally prepared. Get a full night’s sleep and eat breakfast so you have energy. Also, research the dress code for the company ahead of time and make sure to follow it. It is essential to keep in mind that first impressions matter. Dressing for success and coming in with an excited and positive attitude will help you be taken more seriously as an intern.
Get there early. Get to your internship fifteen minutes early on your first day. It’ll help you get settled in and start the internship off on a good note. Additionally, you will make a powerful impression on your boss.
Be prepared always. Once you have secured your internship, it is time to being research. Obviously, learn what you can about the company and its employees. However, don’t stop there. Find out anything else you think might be relevant for a successful experience. Retain what you can. It’s also important to anticipate paperwork. On your first day at any job, you will have to fill out a lot of paperwork. Bring along your driver’s license, social security card, and anything else you think you might need.
Be proactive by taking notes. On your first day, have a pen and paper handy at all times to jot down anything and everything you may need to remember. This will include internship duties as well as other miscellaneous details. Take note of your colleagues’ communication preferences, the writing style required for assignments, and anything else that comes up. You’ll be able to reference it later when it becomes relevant. Additionally, interns who take notes make a good impression on managers.
Don’t be shy to ask questions. Your supervisors will likely bombard you with information on your first day. They know they are doing this, so it’s okay to ask them to slow down or repeat something if you need clarification. If you want to avoid having to waste time by redoing things because you missed the instructions, make a habit of asking questions. Through questioning, you’ll learn how to do those same things more efficiently. Most managers are impressed with interns who ask lots of questions because it demonstrates their critical thinking skills.
Meet new people and interact with them. Even if you’re only working with a supervisor and a few other interns, don’t let that stop you from meeting others in the organization who seem interesting to you. Mix and mingle with as many people in the organization as you can. Get to know their names and what they do, then try to form relationships with them. Remember: networking during an internship is always a valuable experience!
Exceed expectations. Prove to your managers that you’re committed by going the extra mile, especially when first starting out. Providing your manager with multiple examples for requests and asking for additional assignments when you have free time will not only fill up your day but also make a great impression.
Speak up. If you’ve ever asked, make sure to volunteer your opinion or skills. If your managers are looking for suggestions on a project, be bold and speak up! By volunteering for additional assignments when given the opportunity, you show your managers that you are a valuable and dedicated member of the team.
What are some other things that interns should keep in mind for the first day of their summer internship?