Tips for Interns

  • Don't be afraid to talk with people. Don't be intimidated because you are a student. People are sometimes too busy to approach you; so you may have to make the first move to talk with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Ask for things to do. Don't wait to be told what to do. Solving problems and taking initiative are the best ways to stand out from the crowd.
  • Learn all you can about the field. Talk with people in different departments as well as clients.
  • Read everything you get your hands on. You won't find everything you need to know in a training manual, assuming there is one. Reading contracts, letters, memos, press releases, or trade publications can help you become informed.
  • Get in the information "loop." Ask to attend meetings and events.
  • Don't gripe about the busy work. There is always something more to learn. Everything has a purpose; so learn how the small tasks fit into the "big picture." How long you do busy work depends on what you make of it.
  • Capitalize on your status as a student. You are less threatening and may have more access and opportunities than a full time employee. Everyone wants to help a student learn.
  • Hitch your wagon to a star. Learn from the people who are the outstanding performers and most respected individuals in the office.
  • Don't burn any bridges. You never know when you will see someone later in your career.