Cheers dolls! Hope your summer internships are off to a smooth start. Now that you’ve got the internship, how do you make the experience count? And more importantly, how do you make a lasting impression on your boss? Let’s get into it!
+ The Devil Wears Prada gifs because we all feel like Andy when we start interning.
1. DO MORE! Take on as many assignments as possible. Always be asking for more. There shouldn’t be a day where you have nothing to do! Interns with appetite are the only interns people care about. Pro-tip: Ask your boss at the end of every conversation, “Is there anything else I can do that would make your day easier?”
2. Always be put together. I don’t mean this to sound superficial, but dressing for success is tried and true! You’ll achieve more.
3. Think ahead. A good intern is always trying their best to be a few steps ahead. Can’t stress proactivity enough!
4. Ask questions!!! Contrary to popular belief, internships are an educational experience… not a job. Asking questions is an important part of the educational process, while also displaying your investment in precision.
5. Grow thick skin ASAP. I’m fortunate to have the nicest woman in the world as my boss and mentor, but not everyone is nice to interns (gross, I know!!) so you have to be able to bounce back. People will remember your strength!
6. Radiate confidence. If people think you can’t handle something, they won’t give you the assignment! You’re awesome! Sit up straight, look people in the eye, and don’t play down your abilities.
7. Be a Team Player. Interact with everyone in the office. If you have a light day, don’t be afraid to ask someone else if they need anything. The more people you impress the more people will advocate for you if you decide to apply for a job there.
8. Keep it light. Even if some days are hard, you’ve got to stay in a positive headspace. Celebrate small achievements or have a laugh with your boss! Negative, stressed-out people are not a pleasure to work with. You don’t want to be remembered as a grumpy intern!
Hope this helps, PR Girls!