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Monday, September 18, 2017

Internship Tips

Internships are something that I have been doing for a couple of years now and is something that I have been loving. I've had an internship at least every school year since my sophomore year in high school. I've done everything to managing websites, editorials, social media, and even graphic design. Having an internship really can get you exposed to so much out there and even what you might want to do in the future. I just wrapped up my final summer internship about two weeks ago, and thought I would share some of my key tips on making it an amazing time!

1. Always be early and prompt on deadlines.
This was one of my biggest key to getting my boss or person in charge to give me feedback. I'm always looking at what to improve and I get major anxiety when I'm not able to give it my best shot. For a lot of my writing internships, we had set deadlines by the end of the day for what we should have produced. I usually liked to set a time of day (a couple hours before I would leave) to have all of my assignments done. I would then like to send them to the person in charge of me and ask and make sure it's what they are asking for and getting it done correctly. Making sure you are getting it done the right way, and your boss can see that you are putting in the effort can really go a long way.

2. Get to know your coworkers
Meeting and connecting with people is something that is really crucial and beneficial in the long run. You're here at your internship to get to know this field and to make lifelong connections with the people at the company.

3. Dress for Success
Right before I'm about to start my new internship, I always try and get some key pieces that go well with how they dress at the office. I've worked in somewhere you need to be in business casual constantly and others where you can wear jeans and a shirt and still be fine. Make sure that you are confident in what you are wearing and knowing that it's something appropriate for the workspace.

4. Ask for more (if possible)
In the past, after I would be done getting feedback and done with my corrections with assignments I would always ask if there was anything else I could do. Whether it's one more editorial post of helping them work on something for them, it really got my hands on with what the field was. Even if you just help out a little, who knows how much that can go in the long run with an event or even project! It also can lead to them giving you bigger tasks and more responsibilities even!

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