Are you doing an internship this summer and worried you haven't accomplished anything yet? Here are five tips for making the most of that last month. Good luck!
1. Create and accomplish goals: Set specific and attainable goals with your supervisor at the beginning of the internship. Make sure you achieve what you set out to do, and when possible, go above and beyond what’s expected of you.
2. Remember you’re there to learn: Look around and listen. Pay attention to more experienced colleagues and ask for feedback on your performance. Even if your work is mostly administrative, volunteer for assignments where you can observe projects in action.
3. Be social: Network with as many colleagues as you can. Go out for drinks with the group or attend the summer party. Ask around about the possibility of a permanent position when you finish school.
4. Show your appreciation: Always show that you’re grateful for the internship opportunity, even if you feel overworked and taken advantage of at times. When it’s time to go, thank everyone who helped you during your internship. A card or present for your supervisor is a nice touch, as is an e-mail to your group detailing what you learned and achieved.
5. Follow up: Want to turn your internship into a full time job? Once you’re out the door, keep in touch with your contacts regularly to ensure that you’re still fresh in their minds as they make their hiring decisions.