As summer approaches, many students look forward to a great internship that relates to their future career field. If you’re one of them, congratulations! Along with learning about a typical working day within a certain organization or career field, you can gain many benefits from your internship by starting off on the right foot. The Business Career Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business offers guidance for students like you to succeed in your internship.
What can I expect from an internship?
Go in each day with the mindset to make the most of your internship. Not only will you gain short-term professional work experience in an area of interest with a specific employer, you can expect to build on what you learned in the classroom and further clarify your career interests. A successful internship also allows you to establish references and develop relevant skills to gain a competitive edge when you apply for full-time positions.
“The intern’s employer also benefits by hearing new perspectives and ideas. They also can evaluate whether the intern would fit well in a future full-time position within the organization,” added Dr. Chris Timm, associate director of employer experience and outreach.
How can I make a good impression?
Start your internship by learning your employer’s goals as well as the office norms and expectations regarding phone and computer usage and dress. Learn about the office culture and rules to set yourself up for success and decrease the chance for misunderstanding.
“Communication is key. Discuss with your supervisor and other team members at the start of your internship on what their communication preferences are and how often they would like you to touch base. Doing this shows you understand how professional relationships work and gives insight early on about those around you,” said Janessa Hageman, assistant director.
What if I encounter difficulties?
Challenges exist in every job, so turn these into learning experiences with a positive attitude. Keep supervisors regularly informed of your progress and talk honestly and professionally if you experience difficulties. Hageman encourages students who feel frustrated or confused about a project to seek out and accept constructive feedback.
“This way, you can work together to find a solution. Connect in person as well as through email or telephone, as many solutions develop more easily and clearly when discussed face to face. Overcoming these constructively can help you better handle future challenges,” Hageman said.
Need more ideas?
For additional guidance or questions, students should contact the Business Career Center or schedule a career coaching appointment through MyPlan on Canvas. The center helps with exploring career options, improving résumés and interview skills, job offer negotiation and more. Learn more at https://business.unl.edu/careers