wikiHow to Become a Successful Intern

Four Parts:Displaying willingness and curiosityGoing above and beyondCommunicating wellGetting support

Internships are important since you are provided with the opportunity to learn and gain experience. Use this as an opportunity to explore and learn so you are prepared for the corporate world when you graduate. Make an effort to shine and constantly challenge yourselves.

Part 1
Displaying willingness and curiosity

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    Always be willing to take on new projects. Possess the "Yes-I -Can!" attitude. Every new project teaches you something new and this broadens your skill set.
    • Allow yourself the opportunity to show your skills and build trust with your co-workers.
    • Even if the project is tedious, do it. After all you have to earn your position.
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    Ask questions. Be curious. If you are unsure of something, ask for clarification. Make sure you know what needs to get done and when.
    • Ask questions about your department and the overall business.
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    Prioritize your work. Be careful that you do not miss deadlines, so prioritize your tasks so you do not fall behind. Set your own deadline for completion of tasks (preferably a day before the actual due date).
    • Ask your managers, "what is most important?".
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    Be a human sponge. Soak in all of the new skills and knowledge you are gaining. Observe your team and company. How do they work together? What can be improved?
    • Listen carefully to your coworkers, mentors, and managers, they all can teach you something.

Part 2
Going above and beyond

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    Challenge yourself to no end. Step out of your comfort zone. Finish projects fast and accurately, then ask for more work.
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    Figure out how you can add value to your team. Network with your co-workers, introduce yourself, find out what they are working on. See if you can do what they're doing, or get involved in some way to contribute to the team. What does your team need? Figure that out, and make it happen.
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    Shine above everyone else. Make your presence known. Smile, dress professionally, and perform well. Exceed expectations on your work, never just settle for the minimum. Be an over-achiever; pay attention to details and exceed expectations.
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    Do not be afraid to fail. As an intern, you will make mistakes. However, take responsibility and learn from it. Do not let failure hold you back from challenging yourself. Remember that as an intern you are not expected to know everything, so make an effort to learn.

Part 3
Communicating well

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    Communicate with your team.
    • Always follow up on emails and tasks.
    • Keep your managers informed on your progress with current tasks.
    • Let your team know of any hardships you are facing, perhaps they will have a suggestion.

Part 4
Getting support

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    Find a mentor who is willing to help your career growth, perhaps the most beneficial learning experience. Learn everything you can from this person. Use this mentor as a resource for questions and learning new skills. Refer to your mentor for advice (especially during hardships).

Tips

  • Be friendly and professional towards your colleagues.
  • Realize that people are watching you at all times, quietly assessing whether you'd fit in longer term.
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward your duties as much as possible. No one likes someone who complains about the things they must do, but people love when people willingly and uncomplainingly work hard. This shows that you are a mature, unselfish, hard-working person.

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