Many businesses in the Knoxville community work with students to accommodate school schedules and internship hours. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity, and make the most of your internship using these four tips.
Take in all of your surroundings by being attentive during your internship. Pay close attention to details such as instructions, strategies and office culture. For example, be attentive to office culture and job characteristics such as meetings, formal vs. informal wear, office hierarchy and more. These are things that can make or break your internship experience and signal what fields you want to pursue or avoid later on in your career.
Internships are a great opportunity to show employers what you have to offer as a professional. Your South College education helps prepare you with fundamentals and practical experience, so you can excel in your field. Good managers will encourage interns to share their ideas and contribute to strategic thinking. Don’t let learning opportunities like this slip by.
Ask for feedback.
Hearing constructive criticism is one of the best ways to learn. Ask your supervisor to give you input on skills to improve in addition to sharing things you are doing well. This kind of feedback will help you see where you stand in respect to goals and expectations you set for yourself. It is also a good habit to ask for feedback and advice from your co-workers.
Stay in touch.
Say thank you after your internship. Staying in good terms with the people you work with is one of the most valuable lessons you can learn. Whether you need help with networking, a letter of recommendation or just advice, your mentors and supervisors can help.
Although these four tips may seem obvious, they are so easily forgotten. Instead of just going through the motions of your next internship, apply these tips and make the most of your time. An internship can shape your career when you approach it seriously and apply yourself.