Undergraduate Blog / Career Development

How to Get the Most Out of Your Internship

Now that you’ve landed on an internship, it’s time to start your first day working there. First thing first is to get along with your supervisor and colleagues. Give off a friendly atmosphere and possibly connect with them on LinkedIn. Good communication with your colleagues can go a long way as they could give advice or referrals in the future. Next is work. As interns, we tend to be given work that are not necessarily relevant. I’m not saying that that’s the case for every internship, but if you are, you need to be more proactive. When you have nothing to do, always ask for work to your supervisor. You need to work hard to buff up your resume. Even if you are getting paid, remember that the things you are currently doing will affect your next job prospect. In any case, if your supervisor doesn’t have any work, then work on your excel skills. One thing that my supervisor said is that you can have a very nice job just by mastering excel alone. So try the following websites: coursera.org , Edx.org , Lynda.com. Search for skills that you’re interested in mastering and buff up that resume. Once you are nearing the end of your internship, make sure to ask for referrals from your supervisor. Don’t be afraid to ask because in the end, whether you get that referral or not, what matters is that at least you tried. You never know that you might get that referral if you didn’t ask right?