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How to Stand Out as an Intern

There are many jobs available to be an intern. But what should you expect from an internship? The definition of an internship varies so generally that it's difficult to a standard. So there are ways listed to help show you what to expect during internships and what you might want to leave at the door.

Research

With preparation, you will feel knowledgeable. Do your homework before your first day. Even so, the night before your start date you should refresh your memory and do some additional research on the organization's history and culture. By being prepared, you will feel less timid when going into the internship. It would surprise the supervisor if you have a general understanding of the industry.

Actions

Treat the internship like a real job. If you want the employer to take you seriously, you need to take the job seriously. To get the most of an internship, regardless of the pay, interns should treat their internship like they would any job. If you do that, you’re not only preparing yourself for the real job, but you are getting used to the experience.

Dress Professionally

When researching about the company, find out from the hiring manager what the office environment is like, and take it from there. It is better to be known as the best-dressed intern than to be known as the one who is too casual. Research has shown that the way people dress affects not only the way others see them, but also how they see themselves, including how they think and feel about their own abilities and the work they're doing.

Time Management

Interns have a lot on their plates, so it's important to be organized, be careful not to take on too much. Also be very flexible. People, and organizations have different thinking and communication styles and various ways of doing things. If you can learn to be adaptive, you'll broaden your opportunities considerably.

Network

Asides from socializing, you'll want to network with your new colleagues. Take the opportunity to build as many quality relationships in your internship as possible. The more colleagues know you and what you’re capable of, the more support you will have once it's time to turn your internship into a full-time job.

When I was an intern at a point of time, I made sure that I popped out like an apple in a bunch of grapes. I followed the following guidelines and I was offered another internship afterward. Also, after all of the networking, hopefully, you get a permanent position. Remember, it isn't what you know, but who you know!