From BBC Look North , to DFS Headquarters- there have been common threads I’ve found to work and be effective; so this post is going to consist of – first of all to get an internship , and second of all how to survive one.
1. Be on the look out. –
Social Media is great nowadays for contacting people you would have never had the chance to meet before. That’s one of the many great benefits of being in a connected world – use you ‘millennial tech skills’ (that we are supposedly meant to have) and be aware of companies with high engagement online, science professionals that look open and welcoming to the prospects of proteges.
2. Put yourself out there –
LinkedIn is not just for professional diplomats who have been in business and the working world for 30 years plus ! Learn more about trends and associations, groups who have common interests to you submit your CV to university competitions, ask your superiors if they know any people who could give you experience – and don’t be shy , the worse thing you could hear is a no – and that’s perfectly fine.
3. Get out of your comfort zone –
as much as spending times with you friends is great, most likely they are not individuals who can teach you anything about time-filled life experiences of decades in industry and knowledge in professions. Attend events, go to career meetings, visit expo’s and keep an eye out for people who can help you to learn more about the world , then … dare I say it … talk to them.
Once you’re in the internship …
1.Be early/on-time –
show the organisation and individuals who helped you to get to this point, that their time is valuable.
2. Be present –
see what is going on around you and take the initiative to help. Don’t wait for instructions to do the small things that need doing. They won’t go unnoticed. Phones away. Selfies – no way.
3.Be grateful –
you are not doing them a favour to be there, they are doing you a favour. Do everything with enthusiasm with a smile on your face. From making the tea to taking notes. Have a good disposition and enjoy yourself.
PS ‘The Intern’ movie is also a great place to get a scope of things 😉