An internship can create or provide opportunities for students and new graduates. This being said, having an internship does not suffice if you do not make the best out of it. Do not expect to learn and gain positive feedback from co-interns and superiors just because you are there in the program. You will have to walk the extra mile to make sure that you stand out as an intern, here is how to make the best when you are an intern.
Socialize with your interns and supervisors
The first thing is the introduction. Make sure that you introduce yourself to co-interns and your supervisor(s) with whom you are assigned. You should also consider introducing yourself to the other staff in the workplace. You should know that the first impression counts a great deal. One important thing to note is that do not go overboard. It is still a professional setting, and you should avoid being too informal with everyone, especially supervisors.
Be punctual and responsive
Two things that are essential attributes in a good candidate for any professional job are punctuality and responsiveness. You might be an intern but that does not mean that work is less important for you than your supervisors and their colleagues. Make sure you are on time, and when you are not, ensure that you have communicated the reasons for the same. Also, this punctuality is expected in terms of the completion of the work assigned.
You need to work hard, and hard work is reflected when you put your head into something and work on it sincerely. When you start interning, you will get work. Do not do that work as something that you are supposed to do because of the fact that you are an intern. Instead, consider it an opportunity to learn something. Invest your time and energy into understanding and doing your work diligently.
Leave your comfort zone
Many interns have a tendency to think that they deserve some slack because they are not professionals. This may be true in many internship places but it also does not give you the chance to be lazying around and doing work as per one’s convenience. You should be prepared to assist your supervisor whenever he needs you.
Be a professional
You are not perfect; even when you become a professional, you will make mistakes. There is no way you can vouch for perfection. So, being an intern, you should expect (not necessarily, though) angry or negative feedback from your supervisors.