You have secured your summer internship and you are about to start. No time to relax, although you have done the majority of the work. There is a little matter of impressing the HR team. Well how do you do this? And how do you make the most of your summer internship?
Before I continue, I would like to make something clear. Although your objective is to do well in this summer internship so that you are offered a graduate job or that you are fast tracked on to a graduate scheme, you have to remember this summer internship is also your chance to learn as much as you can about the industry you are going into and the role you are currently in. It is important to do this since you may later find out this is not the route for you.
Ok, so how do you get the most out of your summer internship and how do you impress? Brown nosing isn’t an option here!
To make this easy for you to use later on, each paragraph is a nugget of information!
First impressions are extremely important – this goes without saying, but be smart in appearance, make sure you dress for success.
Prepare for the internship – learn about the company and the industry that you will spend the summer in. You should be eager for a challenge and set goals for yourself to complete by the end of your internship.
Be punctual, open-minded, observant, proactive, show enthusiasm and carry a notebook at all times (mouthful) - Tasks can easily get lost in daily responsibilities. A notebook helps in staying organized and keeping important contact information that may be gained while on the job.
An important Note: You must understand that everyone makes mistakes. Do not let a bad day get you down. Instead, learn from your mistakes. Show your employer that you want to learn.
Be professional - When sending e-mails or other forms of written communication, draft and review the text before sending.
Crucial aspect of the internship experience is networking - The key to networking is finding ways to add value to a conversation. Use these social events to learn more about the firm. These events will give you a chance to meet new and influential people, especially key players like recruiters, alumni and mentors. Find common ground with these key players and give them a reason to remember you.
An important Note: When networking don’t just concentrate on “sucking up” to the recruitment team. Network with the other interns too. A friend of mine managed to set up and internet business with a fellow intern, left the IB industry. Yes, very fruitful!
DO NOT pretend to know something when you really don't - also avoid asking everyone the same question and talking negatively about your co-workers. While it is good to be inquisitive, you want to ask insightful and thoughtful questions, not generic ones. Also, avoid bringing your personal life into the office and focus all your attention on senior management. While you will be exposed to senior management, the employees you work closely with will help you learn the most. They will provide you with resources and advice.
--Abshirf2 21:20, 13 October 2008 (BST)