8 Ways to get ready for the first day of your internship

Now that you’ve landed the internship of your dreams, you want to make a good first impression. You have to go into this experience ready to take away all of the benefits that you can. Although you may be feeling a little nervous or even afraid, you have to pull it together and start things off right. Whether this is your first internship or not, you have to prepare properly in order to be successful.

Here are eight ways to get ready for the first day of your internship.

1. Be on time

The last thing you need to do is be late on the first day of your internship. You don’t want your superiors to second guess giving you this opportunity. Do all that you can to ensure that you will be on time the first day. Do a test run to the facility at an earlier time and know traffic trends. Get up earlier than needed to prevent any hiccups in your morning routine.

Be On Time for Your Internship

2. Do your research

Take some time to search a little background of the work you will be doing and how it affects the entire company. If you go into your first day blindly, it will be easy to become confused if you get an information overload. Take some time to become acquainted with your new position through research of the tasks, duties, and purpose of your role.

3. Know your company

Even though you have done extensive research of the company to get through the interview, it is important to gain additional information about the company before the first day. Be in the know with the company culture, mission statement, and industry. Just because you are an intern doesn’t mean that you can’t be included in the conversation.

4. Dress the part

When you look good, you feel good. Put a little extra effort into the outfit you will be wearing on the first day of your internship. Make sure that you are well groomed so that you are a complete package. Ask about the company culture and dress code in the interview so that you won’t be over or under dressed.

5. Be prepared to network

You will be meeting lots of new people who work in a field that you are aspiring to become a part of.  Bring your A game conversation and business cards to boot so that no one will forget who you are.

6. Bring what you need

At the start of an internship, you will need to take lots of notes to keep up with everyone else. Taking notes will allow you to have a point of reference and not ask the same questions twice so have the pen and pad handy. Depending on the company, you may need to bring a computer bag or briefcase. Consult with your internship supervisor prior to the first day if you have any questions about what to bring.

7. What not to bring

Don’t bring any distractions on the first day. If possible, leave your cell phone in a locker or in the car. The last thing you want is to get caught texting or chatting when you aren’t supposed to and it is very tempting to do it when you have access to your device.

8. Bring a positive attitude

Push all negativity out of your mind and go into this experience with a positive attitude. Be prepared to work and go above and beyond what is expected of you. A nice smile and a will to work will get you very far in your career.

Do you think you have what it takes to make a good first impression?  Visit www.bridge.jobs to start searching for an internship in Rhode Island.  Just register, search, and apply!

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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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