Be A Better Intern

Posted on: July 20th, 2016



Summer time! One say is time for a holiday to Europe, but I say it is time to get an internship to get some good working experiences for the future. Many students will have already got themselves a summer job or an internship. However, we always forget that an internship not only gives us good experiences, but it has a potential to become our permanent job in the future. Below are some tips for interns to present a smart self to the boss.

1. Be prepare before work
We all do background research before the job interview, so we should also be well prepared on the first day of work. It is a good idea to review the company’s background, the industry, and some information about your manager.

2. Work as if it was a full time job
If you want your boss to treat you well, then you have to treat your job well too. Remember, that every position in the company counts. Your work will affect one another, therefore, don’t underestimate yourself.

3. Dress well
Look around the environment and match your outfit to the company. If everybody is wearing a smart outfit, then it would also be nice if you (as an intern) to dress smart also. This will give people a better impression and it can influence your performance in the future.

4. Bring a spare outfit
It is always a smart idea to bring extra clothing to work because you will never know if you have a formal event to attend to. Then, your boss can see you well prepared and leave a good impression of you.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Nobody is perfect. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask questions when you don’t know the answer. People will be more than happy to help you and it shows them that you are willing to learn.

6. Good time management
Being an intern can get very busy because everyone gives you a task to do. Make sure you can handle all the work before you agree to help them. Nothing is worst than missing the deadline and say you were too busy doing other things.

7. Challenge yourself
You could try to challenge yourself by doing something that you have never done before. Not only it will be a good opportunity for you to learn and improve your skills, but also it can build up your portfolio.

8. Learn from your mentor
During lunch time hours, it is a good chance to ask your mentor questions. Ask them to share their past experiences with you and you can learn a lot by listening to them. Just don’t be shy and take actions.

9. Build your social network
Don’t waste your internship just by working. It is very important to know more people, build good relationships between your colleagues and it will become very handy in the future.

10. Ask for feedback
When the internship comes to an end, be initiative and ask for your overall performance. Take the advice and analyze the answers. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. Then, see how you can improve in the future.