19 June 2015

Ace That Internship: How to Gain the Most from Your Internship Part 1

It's a very long title, but the two posts cover two different subjects! In this post I'll be discussing how to document your experiences at your internships!





1. Be Observant & Ask Intelligent Questions:  Observe your co-workers! Look at how they complete tasks, interact with clients, complete their to do lists and what they say during meetings. Ask questions about their relationships with clients, how they execute tasks and where they gain inspiration!

2. Take selfies: This is a weird idea, but take selfies at cool events, at your desk, and before big meetings at different places. You can use these on your professional website to illustrate all the fun thing you were able to experience.

3. Save Samples: Ask your supervisor if you can save some examples of your work. Always ask because your work is probably considered property of the company or business you work for. Save some of your best work, especially of projects that are already completed. Try and show a progression of work, from the beginning to the end. Save an electronic copy so you can print it multiple times as well as uploaded to your portfolio!

4. Keep a Task List: After each week, set aside some time to write down all the tasks you completed at your internship. Try to associated numbers with it, such as wrote this many press releases that were picked up by this many news outlets or increased page views by 10% with new blog posts. This is also helpful when you tailor your resumes because you'll know what you did at each internship!

5. Keep Track of What You Learned: Keep a list of what you learned throughout your time as an intern! It's a great way to refresh your memory when you need it later on down the line. Some ideas would be what you observed during the set up and take down of an event.



What do you do to gain the most from your internship? Where are you interning? If you have a full-time job, what did you do in your internship that helped you get a job?

xoxo




28 comments:

  1. I especially love #1! It is so important to demonstrate how capable and interested you are in whatever you do. Great tips.

    Julie
    makingmindfulness.blogspot.com

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    1. Asking intelligent questions is the best way to do that with out being cocky!

      Thank you!

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  2. OK, I'm super glad i'm not the only one to do selfies in the office! I started that last summer...went around and took selfies with everything just for fun! And now it's great looking back and having fond memories attached to each. (:

    cominguprosestheblog.com

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    1. Love taking selfies! Haha a little too much it might seem!

      xoxo

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  3. I can't agree more with each of these. When I was student teaching I took plenty of photos and saved work samples from both myself and the kids. By the time I went to interview for a job, I had a nice little portfolio going. I swear that's how I landed the first job I interviewed for!

    Sara Holt
    semoore2.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad to hear that it worked for someone! Makes me have even more confidence in my ideas!

      xoxo

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  4. This is an awesome post! Number one is my favorite, taking advantage of all the knowledge that you are surrounded by is essential, learn as much as possible in order to gain the most from your experience!

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    1. Thank you! I feel like internships are the best way to learn!

      xoxo

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  5. #3 and #5 are my favorites! It's always good to keep track as you go of what you learned! You will want to add those things to your resume!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  6. These are great original ideas! I never would have thought to take selfies, but the way you put it it makes a lot of sense!

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    1. Thank you! I love my selfie portfolio haha!

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  7. I'm currently interning for a local collegiate summer league baseball team. It's such a rewarding experience. I'm mostly just managing social media accounts, but after reading articles that social media managers are more than just people who tweet all day it really made me feel better. Thanks for these tips! I will definitely use them!

    xx. Brittany
    Southern Soul

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    1. Social media managers are SO much more! Being a PR student I totally understand! Let me know how your internship goes, it sounds like fun!

      xoxo

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  8. I'm starting a dietetic internship in the fall! Thanks for these tips! They helped!

    Kelly
    Ohio Stripes

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  9. Some of these tips I used during my internship and some of them I truly wish I had.
    Thanks for sharing your tips.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. Hope you can use them later down the line!

      xoxo

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  10. Love this! I'm working on some summer ambassadorships and this is the perfect resource list! Thank you for sharing :)

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen's Designs

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  11. Oh! I love this. I never thought of doing any of these things when I interned but I even like keeping a task list for blog purposes. I might do that and track my improvement/ups and downs of each week!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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    1. Tracking is such a great idea!
      Let me know if that works for you!

      xoxo Ashley

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  12. After interning for multiple places I couldn't agree more with your tips. Great post!

    xoxo
    Alexis @ Alexis Reliford

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    1. Glad to hear a former intern agrees! Thanks for reading!

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  13. These are great tips! I'd also add to go above and beyond (arrive early, stay late), show that you're interested in learning about EVERYTHING, and keep in touch with your internship site after you leave for future jobs opportunities and referrals :)

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  14. This is a great post idea. I definitely agree that it's important to keep a list of your accomplishments!

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