Now that spring is in the air, it only means one thing – summer is almost here! Bring on the tank tops, swimsuits, and flip flops and we’ll see you at the beach. Or office… same thing if you are working at the BLND office this summer! We all know that nervous feeling you get before starting an internship, but you are in good hands with our list of do’s and don’ts for a successful internship onboarding.
DO make great first impressions – A great first day can set a strong foundation for the next couple of months. Complete your research before your internship starts. Make sure that you allocate extra time for anything that may come up so that you arrive on time, if not early. Dress appropriately and show that you are excited to join the team.
DO communicate – Communication is key in internship onboarding! Whether it’s before the internship starts or during the internship itself, make sure that you are constantly exchanging thoughts, ideas, and questions with your managers and coworkers. Being in a new environment, you are naturally hit with confusion and unfamiliarity. Remember that everybody is there to help you. Put in the effort to get to know your colleagues. Building personal connections with them will also allow you to collaborate with them smoothly and make you feel at home.
DO push yourself – For every project that you take on, make sure that you are giving it your best shot. Take on responsibilities beyond your written job description to show that you are genuinely passionate about what you are doing. This is your time to shine! Bring in the new perspectives, the creative ideas, and high quality work.
DO NOT get distracted on social media – We know how tempting it is to Snapchat pictures of your new office or check Instagram, but try to keep social media strictly for breaks or after work. Remember that you have a limited time in office to gain valuable experience, so take advantage of your internship and learn as much as you can. Social media will always be there for you when you get out of the office.
DO NOT feel inferior – Be proud of yourself and your work. It may feel intimidating to be around professionals who are often older than you, but remember that you were hired for a reason! Be confident and try your best.
Lastly, have fun! Internships are a great way to explore future career possibilities. We wish you the best of luck at your new internship. For more tips and tricks to making the most of your internship experience visit our blog on 5 Steps to Excel in a PR Internship!