July 26, 2016, by Carla

Six Quick Tips for Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

by Erica Sparkes, Employability Education Projects Officer – Placements

For those of you who are in the middle of your summer internship, or even if you’ve finished, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you make the most of your experience.

1. Be a sponge

Ask lots of questions and take in as much information as possible during your internship. This is your opportunity to find out as much as you can about the company and how the different roles and departments work together. Do your research and ask insightful questions.

2. Aim high

Ask for, and be receptive to, feedback on your performance in order to continually improve. How am I doing? Is there anything I could be doing differently? If you have already finished your internship, what did you enjoy and what will you do differently next time?

3. Stay focused

Set yourself objectives to achieve during your internship and refer back to these objectives whenever you can. Are you on track? If not, then what do you need to do to get back on track? Are the objectives still relevant? Who can you ask for help? Following on from your internship, take the opportunity to reflect back on your achievements – your experience will provide you with those all-important interview answers in the future.

4. Find a mentor, be a mentor

Is there someone you admire in your office? Get to know them and find out how they got to where they are now. You also have the opportunity to be a mentor to others when you are back on campus. Share your internship experience and help develop your skills as a mentor.

5. Be professional

Remember that an internship is an extended job interview and could lead to further opportunities. Don’t take it for granted and be aware of the impression you’re making. Even if your colleagues make regular conversation about life outside the office, certain topics – like the raging party you went to last weekend or the argument you’re having with your friend – should stay outside of the workplace.

6. Get connected, stay connected

You’ve made that all important first impression, now its time to grow your network. Job opportunities often come from who you know, so continue the relationships you’ve built after your internship ends. Connect on LinkedIn or e-mail and stay connected to the company once you are back on campus.

Got any tips that you would like to share with your fellow interns? We’d love to hear your stories so feel free to post them below.

If you need help finding internship opportunities, you can find lots of helpful information on our website. If you’re looking for a graduate internship, check out the latest vacancies available through the Nottingham Internship Scheme.

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