4 Ways to get more out of your internship

Now that you have been chosen to be an intern for a company, it’s time to think about how to make the most out of the internship. Just showing up won’t be enough to maximize this amazing opportunity. You will have to break out of your shell and take the industry by storm. You will benefit more from an internship that you become proactive about than just letting things run their course. Here are four ways to get more out of your internship and leave with an unforgettable learning experience.

Set Goals

Embarking on an internship is a new phase in which you will need to have structure. Even if the company provides an internship program outline, you are the only one who can determine what will be taken from the experience. Set realistic goals you want to achieve for the duration of the internship. Whether you want to settle on what you will specialize in or leave with a positive reference, set your own goals you want to accomplish to make the internship worth your while.

Intern Conference Room

Have A Positive Attitude

As an intern, it’s no surprise that you may not be doing glamorous work. Even when you are given work that seems boring or tedious, do it with excitement. Ask for more work if time permits. Stay extra hours to show everyone that you are willing to pay your dues. A good attitude can lead you to bigger things like better projects or to sit in on meetings. Being pleasant and respectful can even get you the vital business connections that you will need when your internship is over. Negativity will keep you in the same lowly position and can possibly get you dismissed from the internship.

Utilize Your Mentor/Supervisor

Don’t let the opportunity to establish a good relationship with your appointed superior go to waste. Ask questions, engage in business related conversation, and pick the brain of your mentor to help you get a better understanding of the industry. Learning about your career in class doesn’t compare to having an experienced member of the field break down the real life aspects of the job. Speak up when you have questions or concerns about any of the work appointed. Your mentor is in place to nurture you into this new role so don’t be afraid to utilize this vital resource. Take notes so that you can have a point of reference for later and so that you won’t have to ask the same questions twice.

Network

Take advantage of the chance to get know people at the company. Broaden your horizons and be open minded when you are establishing these business relationships. Although they will be different from what you may be used to on campus, networking with these individuals can be beneficial to you. Expose yourself to these professionals without becoming overbearing. Be genuine with everyone you meet. Remember to keep an open mind and learn from everyone you come in contact with during your internship.

Are you ready to make the most out of your internship?  Start your internship search by visiting www.bridge.jobs to find internship opportunities in Rhode Island.

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About bridge.jobs

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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