Are you gunning for an internship? Well, maybe not, but you could have a friend, sibling, or child who is. In an article for Harvard Business Review, John Coleman shares six key tips to excel as an intern in any environment.
It all begins with punctuality. Honoring people’s time is a fundamental display of respect, and an important one. Next, interns (along with employees in general) should put in their best effort with all work assigned, even the trivial stuff. After all, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain from becoming known for regularly producing high-quality work.
In the downtime between assigned work, the best interns will invent new work for themselves without being asked. It does not take long even for an intern to find loose screws in a business, so the interns should grab a screwdriver and get to it. Likewise, while interns asking lots of thoughtful questions is a good thing, the questions should not have answers that the interns could have found themselves with a modicum of effort. Remember that a person can be both inquisitive and resourceful at the same time, and in fact, this should be the norm!
Finally, internships are an opportunity to network with people in all sorts of different roles, and it should be exploited. Who can say which connection might lead to the next big job? You can view the original article here: https://hbr.org/2016/07/6-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-internship