POWERFUL TIPS FOR INTERNS
1. PAY ATTENTION. Your coworkers know you are new to this and will want to help you, but they can't spend all day explaining things to you. So when they answer your questions or show you how to do something, pay attention. Also pay attention to what's going on around you. How do your coworkers talk to each other? How do they treat the boss? What are their goals and concerns? Learn the culture and customs of the work world.
2. FIND A MENTOR. Whether it's your supervisor or someone else you work with, find a person who is willing to answer your questions and help you learn. Ask about the job, the company, the career field. Find out what they did to advance in their career, and what advice they have for you. Establish a strong relationship. This person may be able to help you with your career long after you leave this intern job. 3. ACCEPT REALITY. You may get stuck with some work that you feel is beneath you, boring, or just plain pointless. The trick is to make the best of it by doing an outstanding job with every task you're assigned. Then ask for more. Take on anything you can and show that you can be counted upon to get it done quickly and accurately.
4. BE PROFESSIONAL. Remember, you are in a work setting now and need to act professionally. Don't show up late, chat on your cell, take extralong breaks or bring your personal life to work.
5. EVALUATE YOUR CAREER GOALS. One of the best things you can learn from your internship is whether you're pursuing the career path that's right for you. Can you picture yourself doing the same kind of work and being happy with it for the rest of your career? If not, you should re- evaluate your career goals.