Summer internships are starting just around the corner. Internships have become a must for college students; without the work experience they provide, the post-graduate job search is significantly more difficult. Nailing down that internship isn’t enough, you’ll want to gain valuable knowledge that will help you succeed in your career.
Tip #5: Attend work social events.
By attending work social events, you will easily get a sense of the company culture. You want to work at a place that shares your values. Attending these social events is a great way to build connections with employees and other interns; creating a professional network that you can tap into for future opportunities.
Tip #4: Use all the tools available to you.
Try and familiarize yourself with the tools used across your discipline. Don’t shy away from learning a new tool. Although the usefulness of a tool may not be immediately apparent during your internship, an awareness of their capabilities and potential may lead to a solution in the future.
Tip #3: Observe and record everything.
Write down all the projects, tasks, and activities you accomplish throughout the day. This will create a running log of accountability, a reference for information you may forget, and a catalog of topics to reflect on as you grow your career. You can also use the information to update your resume.
Tip #2: Connect with other interns.
Consider other interns to be an essential part of your professional network. They offer different educational perspectives and might have good advice about living in other parts of the country. Last year our Madison interns participate in a program that features social events, seminars, and project tours. Here’s what they say about their experience.
Tip #1: Do not hesitate to ask questions.
It’s all about learning. Spend time working on understanding. Asking questions can help you avoid mistakes and helps you understand the task given to you. It also shows you are willing to learn and not afraid to approach new challenges.
“My top advice for interns is to ask questions! You aren’t expected to know everything.”
Amanda Pustis, Electrical Engineer (former intern)
With the help of those around you, you can grow and enhance yourself and your workplace without spreading yourself too thin or taking on more than you can handle. Asking others will increase your knowledge and get you talking with the other engineers. As not only an intern but as a full-time employee. By asking questions, you will learn not only about engineering, but also projects and project management.
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About the Author: Ashley Kidd
Ashley’s entire career has been in the Human Resources field – working for various engineer consulting firms. One of her favorite parts of her job at Affiliated Engineers is campus recruiting. She enjoys traveling to various universities meeting students and building relationships with prospective candidates for internship and full-time opportunities.
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