Whether you’ve done five internships or none, there is always room for improvement. I think internships are the perfect opportunity to test the waters and see what you really love. I am a marketing major, but I have had three internships in completely different industries. It is extremely important to think outside the box and maybe look into a career or industry you hadn’t thought of before, especially if you have no clue what you want to do when you graduate. Below are my tips for you to get an internship, prepare for your first day, and to excel in the workplace.
I got my first job from being persistent. It was at my local grocery store and I emailed the store director every other week until I got an interview. Employers are busy people, so make sure you put your name out there and make it known. You can’t count on a job or internship falling into your lap, because although that does happen, don’t bank on it.
Nail the Interview:
Understand the job responsibilities and be able to apply them to your own skills. Before the interview, be prepared and practice every question you think they could ask. Maintain eye contact, don’t fidget, and talk clearly. This will give off a sense of confidence that employers love. Don’t forget to ask questions at the end. The interviewer will definitely think you’re interested in the position if you ask good questions at the end.
Don’t forget: Send a thank-you email or note after the interview. One of my business professors once told me that when he was a CFO, he never hired anyone who did not send a thank you after an interview.
Dress for Success:
I can’t have a post on my blog without including a section about fashion! My tip for you is to invest in a nice suit. This is especially crucial during your undergrad or post-grad when you are interviewing at a ton of different places. Buying a nice black or grey suit is a great investment. When you are going to an interview, you’ll always know what to wear. Wear comfortable flats or heels (up to 3 inches) and make sure your hair is out of your face, your make up isn’t too bold, and you’ll be ready for the interview!
Once you get the internship, take advantage of being a student. Ask questions and absorb all the information around you. Internships are the perfect opportunity to gain real-world experience without the pressures of an actual career-job. Come to work with a notebook and pen so you can take notes throughout the day!
Network and Keep in Contact:
Throughout the internship, take advantage of meeting new people and networking. This will help you so much after your internship and in the future. Use LinkedIn to keep in contact with everyone you meet along the way.
I hope you guys thought this was a helpful post!