Intern Do’s and PLEASE Don’t

As I begin the semester, I’ve been busy sending credit verification letters to internship sites for my students.  It is timely to include a short list of tips for student interns. 

  • Don’t EVER enter a meeting, even an informal drop by from your manager, without a notebook and pen
  • Don’t be afraid to tell your manager you’d like to be busy…ask for more work
  • Don’t be a social media or text addict…SERIOUSLY…checking your status and phone can wait
  • Don’t leave for lunch or at the end of the day without checking with your boss or peers to see if they need help with anything before you go
  • Don’t decorate your cube with college party pictures, you are a working adult now
  • Don’t PARTY…you may be at a fun work function or event…but YOU are working (regardless of how much fun your bosses may seem to be having…or not)
  • Do PROOFREAD everything… no matter how mundane the task or email may seem, attention to detail and pride of ownership will pay off
  • Do take initiative and come up with ideas for projects, pitches, organization, etc.  Show your value! Great ideas can come from YOU and anywhere
  • Do ask questions and ask for clarification if you are unsure of an assignment…asking your manager to help you prioritize is wise too
  • Do provide short check in emails or updates to your manager regarding the status of projects
  • Do solicit feedback and ask for areas in which you need to improve
  • Do treat this as a job audition.   Most companies are looking at you as a possible future colleague.

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