How to Succeed at your Internship

First off, I noticed that I now have 1000+ views on my blog! I hope to achieve at least double that amount for next year.

Onto the main subject, in past posts, I’ve talked about finding internships and now it’s time for advice on what to do when you have one. Here are the six BIG tips to help you succeed at your internship:

  1. Do not be late! Always show up at least 5 to 10 minutes before your shift to establish a pattern with your employers. If you do show up late to your internship, your employers will be more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt if you have always been early to work.
  2. Stay off the social media sites!  Unless one of your job duties is to use social media, don’t spend time on the computer checking out Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. To your employers, you’re wasting precious time that could be spent doing your job. The same advice can be applied to cell phones, laptops, etc.
  3. Organization is key! I recommend getting yourself a planner to keep up when what tasks are due.
  4. Know your designated break times! Find out how long your scheduled lunch times and plan accordingly. If you only have an hour, don’t go to that restaurant 30 minutes down the road.
  5. If you have to miss a day(s) of work, inform your employer at least a week in advance! If you decide to just take a day off and not give your employer any mention of this, they could schedule you for assignments or meetings for you on that day and now have to scramble to figure out who will do the project. It’s common courtesy to give a week’s notice.
  6. Lastly, be on your A+ game! Even if you don’t make a lot of money or none at all, you need to give it your all in whatever you work on. Your employers can be your future references. They’ll also be the people your potential employers will call and if you’re slacking, they will tell.

Those are the tips to succeed at your internship. In my last part, I’ll tell you what to do post-internship so be on the lookout for that entry!