There is a difference between being an average intern and setting yourself apart from others. This not only helps you grow as a professional, but also represents to employers your future professional abilities. Here are five pieces of advice I have picked up in my four years of interning to help you get the most out of your experience.
Remember that your reputation will follow you.
If you decide to slack off because an internship isn’t the right fit, the chance of another opportunity presenting itself will be significantly decreased. On countless occasions, I’ve made connections between my employers. Developing a negative relationship with one employer could have ruined my chances with the other.
As an intern, you are there to learn and try new things. You may be uncomfortable with some of the tasks, but that’s why you are an intern. If your employer expected you to know everything, he or she would have hired a full-time employee with multiple years of experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn something new.