Insider trick’s to nailing your internship
As the end of University begins to peek its head around the corner, we all know what that means. It's business time. Internships are one of the most nerve-racking, scary and exciting times of our lives, as they provide us all with the opportunity to dip our toes in the waters of various industries, departments, and businesses for a short period of time.
Internships are pivotal to your future career, they enable both yourself and your employers to peer into your own individual and unique work ethic. These short stints in your career can present some of the greatest opportunities, memories and the development of knowledge that will ultimately last you a lifetime. So, nailing your internship is pretty bloody important!
How do you even get an Internship?
It sounds so simple, but if you're new to the whole internship thing it might not be all that easy. Firstly, researching what companies and specifically what type of industries you want to work in and for is crucial. Then send an expression of interest, your resume and a tailored cover letter to their business email. Otherwise, sites like those of LinkedIn present some incredible Internship opportunities from a wide selection of businesses.
What do you need to do?
Let's make this sweet, quick and simple. In both the business and marketing world, internships are a fast-paced and extremely hard race to win. Though when you are chosen as one of the lucky ones to work alongside a company in an internship programme, be extremely grateful and absorb everything like a sponge.
Here our tops tips for nailing that internship:
- Be punctual. Showing up late can leave your employers feeling as if you don’t respect the company or the internship. If you are running late, make sure to text or email them with a sincere apology.
- Dress for the job. We get it, dressing for the part is hard. There is always the question of what really is business casual? Our greatest advice is to Google the company, as this will provide an insight into the company’s culture and dress attire.
- Always go above and beyond. If the company is experiencing a busy time, offer to stay back and help out with a task or two.
- Ask questions! There is never a silly question in our eyes, your employer would rather see you succeed knowing that you have all the necessary information and knowledge.
What you should never do?
Firstly, attitude is a big one. Treat your fellow individuals as if they were your own employees. Secondly, playing on your phone or watching a movie on your laptop are massive no-nos, if you haven't got something to do, ask and show initiative. It will communicate to your employer that you are willing to learn, present a strong passion and have an amazing work ethic.
Internships should bring out your extreme hunger to learn, develop and experience. Remember your internship can take you anywhere, I began my journey with an Internship at Marketing Eye and now hold a full-time position that sees myself constantly developing and experiencing new and exciting things.