Recently, Allison wrote a blog post about what to do if an intern isn’t doing their best. I think we should also talk about what to do if your internship experience isn’t the best. Unfortunately, even though every internship posted on our site must be approved by a staff member, some internships are not what you were hoping they would be.
Remember it’s temporary
Internships are great because they are only temporary, which allows you to see what work environments you do or don’t like. Some days will be harder than others, but remember that you don’t have to be there forever. Take every opportunity you can to learn and network as much as you can. Just because you don’t like the place you are at doesn’t mean the experience is a waste of time.
Don’t burn any bridges
You might think that because you’re “just an intern” you can …
This summer has flown by and before I knew it my supervisor was asking about evaluations and scheduling meeting times to wrap up my internship. I was already sad at the idea of leaving such an amazing work environment, but all good things come to an end, just maybe not as soon as I thought.
Staying as an intern allows for more opportunities to stay and gain more knowledge. I know a lot of people fall in love with their internship and hope for an extended stay. I came up with a list of things that I think will help you get noticed by coworkers and supervisor that shows you’re interested in staying longer.
Be willing to work
If you want to stay on at a location, then you obviously must like what you are doing. If you want to be asked to stay a for another interning period, then …
It’s no secret that internships serve as an amazing learning opportunity and can set you up for the future. During your internship there are a few things you should keep in the back of your mind before you leave.
Could I do this long-term?
With the way internships are set up you are only there for a set amount of time. Because of this you get a real taste of what it would be like if you had a full-time position with this company. Do you like the environment and culture around you? What would you change about this position? What do you like about this position? These are some things to think about when looking at your future positions.
Where do I want to be?
Internships are not only an amazing way to get hands on experience in the workplace, but they also serve as an amazing way to …
In June, interns from around the state attended Indiana INTERNnet’s first engagement event of the summer. Interns came together at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to network, explore, engage in a personal development seminar, and hear from a panel of past and present Children’s Museum interns.
Panelists shared their stories, while attendees asked questions regarding career paths and entering the workforce.
One of my biggest takeaways was that it’s okay to not know what you want to do. Taking everything one day at a time was a large focal point that the panelists hit on. They all spoke of their past experiences and how they got to where they are today.
It was interesting to hear the different ways they wound up at the museum. Something they had in common: All had reached a point where they had no idea what they wanted to do or where …
When I got offered the job here at Indiana INTERNnet, I was a freshman in college. At that time, I had no idea what being an intern really meant or what I was getting myself into. As I’m finishing up my third week on the job, I have come across some helpful hints for starting your first internship and what to expect.
First Day Nerves
For me, my first day was terrifying. I was so nervous about what to do, what to say, how to act, and everything in-between. I did not want to make myself stand out in any way, or say the wrong thing, which made everything worse. The whole day was amazing and I could go back to that day and just tell myself that everything was fine. My first piece of advice is one …