By Lauren Berger
The graduation bell went off – signaling the end of college for some and the beginning of internship season for others. Students from across the globe are packing their bags and preparing for their summer internships. But what is the best way to prepare? How can these students make sure they are making the most of their summer internships?
1. Know As Much As Possible About the Company. You did your homework before your interview but now it’s time to do even more homework. You should know that company website like the back of your hand. Also, set your Google Alerts so that whenever the company is mentioned in the news, you are aware.
2. Look Up Executives. You want to understand the “chain of command” at the company as best you can. I encourage you to look up the heads of the company on LinkedIn – see if any have mutual friends or contacts. Did any of them go to your school?? That’s a great conversational topic to have in your back pocket.
3. The Practice Run. Map out your route to work by foot, subway, or car. Do a “practice run” the day or night before. You want to make sure that you know how to go so that you don’t get lost on your first day. Also, make sure that if you are driving – you know where to park!
4. The #GoFurther Mindset. I just wrapped a campaign with Ford (#FORDCAC), and one of their messages that stuck with me the most is #GoFurther. Students need to walk into their internships every day and think – how can I #GoFurther today? What can I do today that will benefit my career?
5. Focus on the Lasting Impression. Everyone obsesses over the first impression and being on time, friendly, and focused on the first day of your internship. That’s all great BUT if you are going to be late, grumpy, and surfing Facebook on day 10 of your internship, I’m not impressed. Make sure that the impression you make on the first day is something you can sustain through the last day.
Find Lauren Berger, “The Intern Queen,” at www.internqueen.com. Berger is the author of “ALL WORK, NO PAY.”