How to Ace Your Internship

It’s almost that time of year again. That time when students are set free to burst into the business world and work collaboratively with industry professionals to gain real work experience. It’s an excellent opportunity, but at the same time it can be a little nerve wracking. You may feel pressure. I know exactly how you feel, because I was in your shoes just a few years ago. As part of the Advertising & Marketing Communications Management program at Algonquin College, I took on a copywriting internship at Acart Communications. Soon after, I was hired as a full-time Copywriter. So, some might say that I “aced” my internship.

I’ve been asked a few times for tips on how to stand out during your internship, impress the people you’re working under, and land the job. So from me to you, here’s my best advice:

1. Show dedication, enthusiasm, and positivity
Intern giving a thumbs up

Positive attitudes build great work morale, and enthusiasm is contagious. Being appreciative, and showing you’re excited to be part of a team that inspires you, will make your team more enthusiastic about you. You have a million reasons to be in a great mood. You’re almost done your program, and you’re starting an internship at a place that you (hopefully) wouldn’t mind working for. That right there should be enough encouragement to help you think positively and be enthusiastic about the opportunities in front of you.

Make sure you show up to your internship on time. No excuses. You have to treat your internship seriously if you want to be taken seriously.

2. Take initiative and share ideas
Intern who has an idea

If you want to impress your peers, share ideas. Don’t keep all your thoughts to yourself. Be brave. They may not consider every  idea you have, but by showing you have the ability to generate them, you’re showing your value.

3. Be social and personable
Talking intern

Put yourself out there. Your coworkers and peers are more likely to remember you if you have real conversations outside of business talk. Sit with your coworkers at lunch and build your relationships.

4. Stay humble and eager to learn
Intern reading a book

Become a sponge. No matter how much you think you know about a subject, you can always learn more. Even people who mastered their trade have to constantly adapt to account for trends and new technology. Your program probably prepared you well for the real world, but I can guarantee they didn’t teach you every trick of the trade. Take all opportunities to learn something new. On top of becoming an eager learner, make sure you stay humble. You’re awesome – I know that and you know that, but no one likes a smart-aleck. Stay confident in your opinions and abilities, but take into account what others say, too.

Now what?
Student ready for his internship

It’s up to you. Are you going to hide in the background, or are you going to dance? Cue the “I Hope You Dance” song. Speaking of dancing, I have a special treat for you. Here’s my very first blog on Change Marketing I wrote when I was just starting my internship: Dance in the Background

Oh, and one more thing. Don’t forget to have fun during your internship and make the most of it. This is a great opportunity – are you excited yet?

Any questions? Tweet me @KatieSchnob


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