How to stay organized while interning [Students]

Being a college student can feel a little overwhelming. Classes, homework, exams, extracurriculars, and a part-time job – to say nothing of a social life – can quickly add up to a much busier schedule than the one you had as a high school student. Throw in an internship and now you’re expected to fulfill significant professional obligations, too.

So, how to manage a busy schedule while impressing your internship supervisor? Read on.

Learn to manage your time, smartly

Don’t work more. Just work smarter. Figure out what your biggest time-wasters are, both on the job and during the rest of your day, and then eliminate them. For most of us, it’s constantly gazing into the abyss of social media or responding to texts and emails. Put your phone away.

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Learn to tackle the big tasks at work, first. If your supervisor has given you a major project, chip away at it aggressively. If you know that every week you’ll be responsible for some basic maintenance tasks that are time consuming and ultimately, pretty boring, hit them first. Do away with the procrastination that runs the schedules of most college students and professionals and you’ll be light years ahead of the competition, and you’ll free up significant time for yourself.

Learn to manage your stress, too

Taking care of yourself is key to managing a busy schedule. Make sure you allow time each week for activities that keep you healthy and relaxed, whether it’s downtime with friends, visits to the gym, or hanging out in a place that you love. Don’t punish yourself by removing those elements when you’re busiest – you’ll only distress yourself further.

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Be open with your supervisor, early

If you’re overwhelmed, tell someone. Your supervisor knows that your schedule is jam-packed, and will appreciate your providing a heads-up when things start looking tight. If you know you’re going to need a schedule change or that a deadline will be tight, talk about it sooner rather than later. These things arise in regular employment too, so you aren’t going to shock anyone – but waiting until the last minute to ask for time away from work or for special consideration will set you apart as an intern with little real-world experience.

Take a few deep breaths and remember that all your hard work will eventually pay off. Lean on those around you, and be gentle with yourself!

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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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