Students: Fight boredom as an intern

There may be times during your internship when you feel like the work will never end. Other times you may get bored out of your mind. As with any job, there may be times that all the deadlines are met, the big project has just been completed, and there is no more return mail to sort. This may leave some free time that will eventually lead to boredom. It’s best to make the most of your time on your internship and be as productive as possible. Never let boredom be a recurring fixture of your day as an intern. Here are some ways to fight boredom as an intern.

Bored businesswoman in office

Ask For More Work

There may be any given reason why your supervisor hasn’t checked to see how you’re working so take the initiative and ask for something to do. It is much better to step up to the plate than to be found doing absolutely nothing (or playing on Instagram!). Send an email or ask your supervisor personally for something else to get to working on.

Help Others

If your supervisor doesn’t have any work available at the moment, ask around the department to see if someone is in need of your help. Branching out will show that you genuinely want to keep busy and aren’t afraid of something new. The employees will be grateful for your assistance and your supervisor will note your diligence.

Learn All You Can

Take some time to really get all the information that you can about the company. Research all you can about the industry you are in. Catch up on the latest trends and jargon. Impress your mentor with the knowledge that you possess. The more that you know, the more you can contribute to the company; even as an intern.

Create Your Own Assignment

After you have done your homework on the company, come up with your own assignment when there is nothing else to do. Come up with suggestions on how to improve workflow. Write an article for the company blog and submit it to your supervisor. You may be pleasantly surprised to see it published a short while later.

Be the Errand Runner

There is nothing better than getting up and out when you are bored. Ask your supervisor if there are any work errands that need to be run, like picking up a package at the post office or dropping off a proof or file to a client. Taking a short drive or walk will get you a breath of fresh air while saving others time. It may not be glamorous, but it will fight your boredom at least for the moment. Just make sure this doesn’t become your primary job – your should be learning as an intern first and foremost.

Tour the Facility

Take a look at all of the facility that you work at to get a better sense of how everything works. This will give you an opportunity to stretch your legs and possibly meet members of the team that you haven’t met. Be sure that it is okay with your supervisor. Don’t try to wiggle your way into restricted areas!

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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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