7 TIPS ON HOW TO SURVIVE AN INTERNSHIP

Life hacks for an internship!

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“We all start from somewhere,” a quote we hear often. In any job, before reaching the six figure salary, you need to start in the internship level. In other circumstances, internships are a requirement for school before you graduate. It is no secret that internship is one of the hardest three months of your life.

You wan’t to secure yourself a job after the three months and you are not sure how to achieve that. Here are tips to help you achieve your goal.

BE PROACTIVE

As an intern, you should take it upon yourself to do something extra apart from the work you have been assigned. You can do small tasks like getting coffee for your supervisor or lending a helping hand where it is needed. When you show you can handle the small tasks, they will definitely entrust you with bigger tasks.

NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK!

Do not take being in the same building with people who have been in the field of your study lightly. Take advantage of this and make sure you network as much as you can. Have lunch with your colleagues, attend events, take business cards. Who knows, maybe that’s how you get to meet your new boss. Or better yet, your new work friends can recommend you to their friends.

KNOW YOUR BOUNDARIES 

As an intern, you are at the bottom of the food chain. You need to know your place. Your colleagues might be friendly. None the less, you should always remember your place. Avoid asking personal questions and being rude. If you cross paths with one of them, make sure to always apologize. It says a lot about your character.

BE PATIENT AND HUMBLE

As I said earlier, being an intern means that you are at the bottom of the food chain. This is a position that should be held with the uttermost humbleness. You will be sent water, coffee, asked to do deliveries and other works that you will feel you shouldn’t be doing. Your answer should always be YES! Your patience is being tested. Don’t fail a simple test.

PROPOSE A PROJECT

Being an intern, at the end of the three months your goal is scoring a job. You are not their only option so a job is not always obvious. You need to leave an impression. Something that they will remember you by. One way to leave a good impression is by proposing a project. Chances of your boss saying no is huge. However, the efforts will be noted.

LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN 

As an intern, you should strive to learn as much as you can. Criticism comes with this package. Coming straight from university/college you will probably do a couple of things wrong. You need to ask questions where need be. Being a sponge will also help.

HAVE FUN

It is going to be a long ride, so you might as well enjoy it. There is no use going to work everyday loathing about your life, when you can bring a more positive vibe to your work place!  So, turn that frown upside down and make your few months in your company a fulfilling one.

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