How to Excel at the Internship as an Introvert

Starting a new internship can feel like a lot of pressure when you are an introvert. Establishing a business network, reporting to your superiors, and dealing with the constant interactions of the job can be exhausting. There is a lot of emphasis on being outgoing and outspoken in order to do well on your internship. The only problem is that there are a lot of people who aren’t naturally extroverted. Actions that are forced or contrived won’t be genuine. If you are an introvert and are worried that the success of your internship may be in jeopardy, worry no more. Here are a few ways for you to excel at your internship as an introvert.

Focus on Your Strong Suits

Introverts tend to be good listeners, writers, and researchers. Use your strong suits to your advantage by being the best on the team. Whenever something needs to be researched or written, put your absolute best foot forward for the task, even if you weren’t asked. Show your superior your talents so that you can be considered for future opportunities. Whenever you are given instructions, take notes so that you won’t have to keep asking for direction. Your boss will note how well you listen.

Think Things Through

Introverts typically need time to process information before they can give a well thought out answer or solution. Let others know that you will get back to them or need more time to think about the situation before you can give your input on a project. The pressure to think on your feet may be too much for the average introvert. Although it may be tempting to spew out answers before you’ve thought them through, don’t. You want to be your best during your internship so make sure all that you contribute is a valuable asset.

Take Time to Regroup

Don’t burn yourself out with too much human interaction. If you are easily drained from long periods of shared space, take some time to yourself. Lunchtime is a great time to go inside yourself and recharge for a little while. Take advantage of other breaks you have been given to take a short walk or think quietly at your desk. Taking this time out can help you to perform better at your job and not get too frazzled at work.

Things To Keep in Mind

  • Be warm and inviting with an occasion smile. Introverts lonely nature can appear cold and stand-offish.
  • Cooperate in team settings. Someone may get the wrong impression if you don’t contribute in a team setting.
  • Be attentive. Whenever you converse with your colleagues, be responsive and look alive. As an introvert who expresses thoughts internally, it may come off as unresponsive.
  • Have fun. Introverts are prone to over think the situation and draw up their own conclusions. Stay level headed, focused, and have a little fun during your internship.

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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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