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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP Network. As a young professional, your main interest should be meeting people who can provide you with
 

Summary: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP
Network. As a young professional, your main interest should be meeting people who can provide you with
information about your future profession. Build professional relationships with your supervisors and other
managers in the organization and learn about their experiences. One way to do this is through informational
interviewing.
Take initiative. Don't wait until someone hands you something to do. Seek out opportunities to learn as much as
you can! Complete small tasks quickly and ask for more challenging tasks. Don't turn down any assignment
because you think it is beneath you. Remember, you are there to learn all aspects of the organization. However,
you may volunteer to help with projects that interest you. Ask questions!
Meet with your supervisor. If your supervisor does not seem to make time for you, don't take it personally. She/he
may be busy with other work commitments. Take the initiative to schedule meetings with them. It's important to
let your supervisor know what you have accomplished and to be able to ask questions. Be sure to get a final
evaluation at the end of your internship.
Be professional. Arrive at work on time (preferably a few minutes early) and resist the temptation to leave early. If
you will miss any work, call in prior to your reporting time. Respect the employer's dress code. Use your time
efficiently--minimize breaks and lunch hour, and avoid gossip and office politics. Never do homework on the job.
Avoid making personal calls.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Always remember that an internship is a learning experience for you. While the
employer expects to get a certain level of work from you, you are not expected to know everything. Seek advice
and raise questions whenever you encounter something that is not familiar to you. Be open-minded about new

  

Source: Arnold, Jonathan - Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center & Department of Genetics, University of Georgia

 

Collections: Biotechnology