Tips to Take Your Internship to the Next Level

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

May 16

These days, more and more students are realizing that completing an internship is a wonderful way to start and/or advance their careers. However, many of these students don’t know what steps they should take to make the most out of their internship. If this is your dilemma, don’t worry. Simply use the tips outlined below to take your internship from just a way to pass time to a real stepping stone in your future career.

Show Initiative

If you’re serious about getting all you can out of your internship experience, make sure you show initiative. Specifically, don’t wait to be told to do things. Instead, complete your delegated tasks immediately and proficiently. Once your work is done, ask if there are additional responsibilities you can take on to help complete the company’s daily operations.

Expand Your Skill Set

While you probably accepted an internship to expand your skill set, remember that this is not the only sphere through which you can accomplish the objective. In fact, there are numerous other resources you can utilize to optimize your capabilities, and this will make you more effective in your position as an intern. One resource you may want to consider utilizing is online talks. Companies like TalksOnLaw provide people with online videos they can access to learn more about specific topics related to the legal field. You can also access libraries, lectures and seminars that will teach you more about the industry and how to gain better skills for the future.

Network With Your Coworkers

In addition to expanding your skill set, make sure you focus on networking with your coworkers. This strategy will empower you to learn from their professional experiences so you can optimize your own capabilities. Additionally, these individuals can function as resources when your internship is over and you start looking for a job.

Support Company Events

Another strategy you can employ to take your internship to the next level is supporting company events. This technique will show the employer that you are generally interested in learning more about the company, and operating as a member of the team.

Inquire about Job Opportunities

One final way to optimize your internship experience is by inquiring about job opportunities. Doing so will demonstrate to your employer that you are interested in working with the company. When you make your inquiry, be sure you are prepared to talk about why you would be an asset and what you will bring. You may want to emphasize how effective you’ve been throughout the internship up until this point.

If you want your internship to be a smashing success, now is the time to develop a strategic plan that will help you get the most out of the experience. You can use some or all of the tips and tricks outlined above to make it happen.


Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.