Ten Tips for Interning
Written by Troy Adam Guy
The thought of having to wear a suit to my interview was enough to make me want to quit before I started. Yes, I did end up wearing jeans. Not to mention I started rattling off what I had learnt in my subjects as my response to: “What marketing experience do you have?” So if you’re anything like me here are ten tips that would’ve been greatly appreciated and would’ve made my internship experience much smoother.
- Don’t wear something to your interview that you’re not comfortable in. You’re just setting yourself up for failure.
- Your interviewer is only interested in what experience you have and how you will provide value to their organisation – so keep that in mind when you’re trying to figure out what kind of interview questions they’ll ask.
- Take a note of everyone’s name and make sure you remember them.
- When you’ve been briefed on a simple task, under no circumstances will you make a mistake.
- Don’t be afraid to join in on a conversation to express your opinion or to ask questions.
- Imitate the same work culture as your colleagues.
- Doesn’t matter how much you dislike a task… e.g. data entry; you don’t want to vocalize your dissatisfaction. Just be grateful you have been given the experience.
- Be yourself and be confident in your abilities. Keep in mind that you’re a student seeking experience. Don’t beat yourself up if you feel like you’re making no contribution.
- Do some extra brainstorming/work outside of the office to make sure you’re always putting in 100% when you’re in the office – or at least looking like you are.
- A simple thank you card is always appreciated.
Did I mention that I applied for an internship that was promoted by UCAMS? So be sure to keep up-to-date with our posts for opportunities. Good luck interning!