Internship Do's and Don'ts
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try at obtain at least one internship during your college years. And do
try to get multiple internships.
set specific goals for yourself and each internship. Know what you want
to accomplish with each internship.
- Don't expect all internships to be paid.
We wish they all were, but many are not. And do at least consider
accepting both paid and nonpaid internships; some of the best
internships may not be paid.
- Do expect to be treated
professionally. And do act professionally at all times.
- Don't expect internships to just be
handed to you; internships must be earned, as with any job.
utilize your network of family and friends to the fullest to get leads
try and schedule regular meetings with your internship supervisor.
- Don't pass up opportunities to have
experiences beyond the regular scope of the internship that lead to
chances to learn more about the company or industry.
- Do get as much
exposure throughout the internship organization as possible.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. And do
be open to learning new skills and methodologies.
- Do find a mentor within the
organization, whether itís your internship supervisor or some other
make sure you leave your internship with new skills, a better
understanding of your field, and tangible accomplishments.
take advantage of job and career fairs to scout possible internship
- Don't forget to take advantage of the career services office at your
college -- they typically have leads to numerous internship
be sure you have a dynamic cover letter, a superior resume, and polished
send thank you letters to all people who interview you -- and all the
people who help you find an internship.
ever give up in your internship quest. And do exhaust all possible
enjoy your internship -- even when you are doing the inevitable grunt
work many interns do as part of "paying your dues."
burn any bridges -- even if your internship was not the best.
keep in touch with key coworkers from your internships -- and do
cultivate them to become