5 Ways to Be A Successful Intern

1 – Be professional.

This means looking and acting the part! Make sure you know what attire is appropriate for the job, and either meet or exceed that standard. When emailing or messaging a co-worker, always be polite and DO NOT treat them as one of your friends that you send 500 messages to a day. The last thing about being professional, don’t forget your manners. This is something simple that can go a long way since you never really know who is listening or watching.

2 – Be punctual.

Follow up and follow through. Keep busy with whatever work your employer gives you, but don’t overwhelm yourself. Stay as organized as possible by using a timeline or a schedule so that you can stay on top of things. Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, in order to avoid making extra work for other people.

3 – Be honest, but have a filter.

Obviously as previously stated you want to be as professional as possible. All the while, still remaining yourself and having your own personal preferences. If there is something that is bothering you, speak up about it, but not to the point where it is rude.

4 – When in doubt, ask questions!

After all, you are still an intern and don’t know the answers to everything, or know how to do everything… yet. But seriously, if there is something you have a question about, do not be shy to ask a coworker or supervisor! What’s the worst that could happen?!

5 – Be a sponge!

Learn as much as you can while you’re in the office. Learn from the people around you and the tasks that you are doing. Hopefully, you are part of an internship that is relevant to the career field that you want to pursue, so obtaining as much knowledge as you can is a major key to success!

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