My name is Nicole Reilly. I’m a Senior Advertising major with a minor in International Business. Over the past few months I have learned so much from my Internship, so I thought I would share what I wish I knew before I started my internship.
- Don’t be nervous!
I know that’s definitely not as easy as it sounds, but everyone is nervous about their first day. Other interns are feeling the exact same way and employers can remember what it was like walking into their first internship. So take a deep breath and remember that this is going to be a valuable experience.
2. Ask Questions
When starting out at an internship, it can be easy to be afraid that asking too many questions could make you seem stupid or unprofessional. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Asking questions is vital to learning as much as you can from your internship. Pick your team members brains. They have so much experience and knowledge that can learn from.
3. Make the most of it!
You determine how much you get out of your internship. If you put in the effort, you will get so much out of it. Ask questions, push yourself to learn, and absorb as much as you can. The time will fly by so make every second count. Fortunately for me, my employer worked with me to make sure I tried everything I wanted to during my internship. If there’s something you’re interested in, try and find a way to fit it in to your experience. Be conscious of opportunities to learn new things and cease every chance you can to try something new. You might find that you really enjoy doing something you never thought you would.
Kindness really goes a long way. Be kind to everyone you meet because you never know where that connection can lead you. Interning is a great way to meet people in all aspects of the advertising industry. Working hard, showing interest, and being polite can take you far in your future career.
Before you start your internship, relax and think about what you want to get out of the experience. Keep an open mind and get ready to learn as much as you can. Internships provide immeasurable value to your careers. Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone and try new things.