As college students we are all working toward one common goal; getting the job. However, these days, that is easier said than done. I have had the same internship for the last year and as tedious and monotonous as it could be at times my persistence paid off. Getting a job offer is the most relieving, but also intimidating, moment in my college career.
If I could give any advice to my fellow undergrads and those who are just beginning their internships, it would begin and end with effort. As interns our sole purpose is to learn the business and do the menial tasks that no one else really wants to do, while completing those tasks, I thought no one was paying attention. However, they were, your superiors look to see how you are functioning without immediate supervision. As interns, we are bound to make mistakes, it is inevitable but putting forth effort to really learn and develop your skill will be noticed. Being early to work and staying a little late goes a long way. There are thousands of qualified students graduating college it is the little things that will set you apart from the pack.
Also, ask questions and find a mentor. As an intern your greatest resource is the experience of your bosses, colleagues, and customers. In my case I had the privilege of having a boss who, with over twenty-five years of experience, took me in to teach me and guide me through the steep learning curve. Asking questions and being engaged will make the difference in taking an internship to the next level.
Finally, network, network, network! The more people who can advocate for your good work and effort the better off you will be in the job search. Even if the company you are interning for doesn’t have an available position, someone else does. The more people you know and connect with the better. What it all comes down to is, you will get exactly out of an internship what you put into it. Make it the best it can be, it will be over before you know it!