3 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Internship

by Dan Hemenway

7 August, 2017

By: Dan Hemenway

From the first day to the last, you are in control of the overall experience that you get from your internship. Here are three things I kept in my mind throughout the duration of my internship with The Arland Group.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Going The Extra Mile

Taking on a little extra workload can go a long way for you in the eyes of your employer. Don’t look at it as “more work,” think of it as an opportunity to learn something new and grow. When you show that you are more willing to go the extra mile for the company, they will be more inclined to do the same for you. Essentially what I’m getting at with this point, is that you shouldn’t just exist at your internship, you should be thriving. Don’t just do what’s expected of you at work and leave. You are there to develop a new skillset and gain experience, so get as much out of it as you can.

Explore

You should explore the city or at least the area surrounding your work. I know that the first week or so of my internship, I would just go to work, go to the gym and go home. Pretty boring schedule, right? Once I started looking into activities that I could do around St. Louis I really started to enjoy the city more. From local bars and food joints to events that were being hosted around the city, I started to go out more and saw what the city really had a lot to offer. At the beginning of the summer, I found a great article that covers how to tackle the other 16 hours that you have available outside your internship, check it out here. What it boils down to is that you need to enjoy the time you have wherever you may be, and if a coworker offers to take you out somewhere, you should accept it. Which brings me to my last point, you should definitely socialize with your coworkers.

Get Out And Chat

Whether it’s going out on a lunch break, meeting up for happy hour or simply running to a local shop to grab some coffee, get to know your officemates. Not only do you get to meet new people from the office in a laidback setting, but you are also growing your professional network. Somewhere at some time down the road, you may be using some of those same people for references for a job. Making such connections plays an integral part in your professional development. Ideally, you want to leave your internship with at least two or three solid references that you can depend on for your future career. As the saying goes, “it’s about who you know and how they know you.” With that in mind, do as much as you can in terms of making sure you grow your network. Another big thing that helped me in getting to know everyone was setting aside 10 to 15 minutes to just talk with people in the office about their roles and tips they may have.

Whether your internship is taking place over the summer or during the year, you can utilize these tips to make sure you get the most out of the experience. I met so many great people and learned a lot during my internship at TAG and I hope these tips can help do the same for you. Have some advice of your own? Leave it in the comments below or on our Facebook page!