July 18, 2017 – Christian Franklin, Associate
People will always tell you, "practice makes perfect," and I couldn't agree more. Though, I'd probably change that statement to, "perfect practice makes perfect."
Internships are excellent examples of perfect practice. I think most of us can agree that internships are one of the vital steps for a college student in their career. Not only do internships provide you with experience, but they also give you the chance to show employers all that an intern can bring to the table.
I have committed to a network of ethics regarding my experience as an intern. Here are a few golden rules suitable for any up-and-coming young professional to follow throughout the course of an internship:
Maintain a positive attitude, no matter what.
It's easy to become frustrated when faced with stress. When you think you're at your breaking point, alas, here comes one more thing. News flash: freaking out won't get the job done. Maintaining an optimistic attitude in times of stress shows others your authentic character and diligence. Remember, the company comes first. Don't let any temporary emotions jeopardize your work for your business.
Always be happy to lend a helping hand.
Consistently remind yourself that you are not above any task. Sometimes a task may seem menial. Do it anyway. Employers notice the small things you do, especially when you offer to assist co-workers with projects or run small errands for them.
Your work is important.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, the company comes first. As an intern, it's your responsibility to seize the opportunity to improve and grow, so why slack off? Companies depend on their employees to do what they hired them to do, and the same expectation rests upon the interns. from interns. It's doubtful an intern will lead a major company project but remember all completed works do contribute to the company's overall success.
Expand your network.
Do not seclude yourself in the workplace. When you're not intensely focusing on meeting a deadline, engage in conversations with your coworkers. Even if you're not planning on interning there for long, invest in building long-term relationships. These folks might serve as great connections in the future. Plus, who wants to work in a place where you barely know anyone? I know I wouldn't.