The biggest thing I have learned is that it’s okay if your internship isn’t what you expected. I’m not sure what I expected going into my internship, but I’ve realized that my big dream of working at an agency doing beauty-oriented public relations maybe isn’t best suited to my personality, skill set or needs. I think that having experiences to know what kinds of jobs fit all of those things is essential to finding a career that will bring you long-term happiness.
That being said, I loved the experience I had. I met so many people that I was able to network with and learn from. That networking will hopefully help me find another internship or future job in a field that suits my personality, skill set and needs even more.
To make the best experience out of your internship, I made a list of my top five tips:
Tips for interns
1. Always ask, “what can I do?”
Make yourself useful at all times, no slacking!
A smile and a “no problem!” will go a long way in keeping both you and your supervisor happy.
3. Willingness to work (even past clock-out)
Make yourself available for different opportunities. I went home a day later than I should have because I asked if I could help out with an event that my company planned. It was the highlight of my whole internship!
4. Say “thank you” for every opportunity
Show that you are grateful for the learning experience you are getting.
5. Ask questions!
You can’t do the best work if you don’t ask questions when you’re confused. Just pay attention so you don’t have to ask TOO many.