How to Make the Perfect First Impression as a New Intern
Being a new intern is a scary, unique experience that’s going to give you a wealth of experience. Just remember some simple practices to make a great first impression for your internship.
Know Your History
In 2014, 97 percent of large companies planned to hire interns. With so many candidates, you’ve got to set yourself apart. When you know you’re interning for a business, be sure to read up on that company’s products, production, culture, and even their company history. If you do your research, you’ll be knowledgeable about the place you’re interning and you can show off your attention to detail when the right situation arises.
During an internship, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. Employers like it if you ask questions, request verification, and just make sure you’re doing what you need to do. It may seem like you’re inexperienced if you ask too many questions, but it’s better to check and do a task right the first time instead messing up because you didn’t ask for specifics.
As an intern, you’re given a certain list of tasks to complete every day. It’s great if you complete your tasks and do your job, but you will make a better impression if you volunteer for special projects, errands, or just offer your services to co-workers. By volunteering you show that you’re excited to learn more and eager to work as hard as you can for the company.
Get to Know Your Co-Workers
Networking is extremely important in an internship. 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking so connections you make during your internship could lead to a job, a recommendation, or a mentorship that will help you in your career path. Be sure to learn people’s names, know their jobs, and reach out from time to time to establish a personal connection.
Treat Internship as a Real Job
Whether you get paid or not, always treat your internship as if it were a real job. Some interns may think showing up is enough to get the experience they need to succeed in the professional world, but an internship is a test drive for your career. Don’t waste the opportunity by not treating an internship for what it is; a real job.
By doing a little research and being prepared for your internship, you’ll make a great first impression for your co-workers and your employers.