Students: 6 things interns should tell their employers

When you are going to be doing an internship, communication is a key component for success. Communicating with your employer throughout your entire internship can help to ensure that you and the company are benefiting from this great opportunity. The objective of an internship is for the company to open up a talent pipeline and teach vital career skills and the intern to learn as much as possible. Being open and honest can land you major points in personality which can lead to a long lasting business relationship long after your internship is over.

Here is a list of six things interns should communicate with their employers during their internship.

1. Appreciation

Be appreciative when you receive the position as an intern.  Tell your employer that you are grateful for this chance.  Not only should you tell your employer this, but you should show it as well.  Be on time, dress for success, and treat this internship as though it is a real job. Showing the company how you work as an intern may make them consider how you aim to work if offered the chance of employment, or at least a killer reference. Be careful not to be too repetitive with words on appreciation as this can easily be looked upon as “kissing up” or disingenuous. Speaking gratefulness in moderation is appropriate when it comes to an internship.Take Notes at Your Internship

2. Questions

In order to learn anything to its entirety, questions are a necessary tool. Don’t feel too shy or timid to ask questions at any time during your internship.  In order to have a successful internship you must gain the fundamentals of the career in which you are working towards. Holding back any question from your employer only limits you and makes your internship less of a success.  So break out of your shell and ask as many questions needed to fully understand a task or element of the job.  Pay attention when instructions are given and questions are answered to ensure that you don’t need to keep asking the same things over and over. Keep a notepad and pen handy so that you don’t miss a beat.

3. Flexibility

One of the best ways to broaden your horizons and increase your learning potential is to be flexible and step out of your comfort zone. When you have the ability to adapt to new tasks and different work environments, you open your mind to new opportunities to learn and grow in your career. Make sure your employer knows that you are a flexible person and show them through your actions whenever you are challenged.

4. Responsibility

Once you have your position figured out like clock work, seek more responsibility from your employer.  They will love the fact that you are catching on and are willing to take on more.

5. Feedback

During your internship, a great way to track progress and know where you stand is to ask for feedback. Have a chat with your superiors to find out what they think of your performance and learn how you can do better. This is the optimum way to succeed when you demonstrate that you can take constructive criticism and excel from it.

6. Your Learning Experience

Throughout your internship, share your thoughts with your employer about how much you are learning from the experience. Knowing that they are molding a new recruit in the industry will help them know they are doing what is needed to make the internship a success.

Now that you know how to communicate with your employer during an internship, it’s time to get in the game!  Visit if you are in the Rhode Island area to find the best internship for you.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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