Get Schooled

How to Make The Most of Your Internship

Last updated July 2, 2024

Landed an internship and want to make a lasting impression while learning and growing your professional skills? Here are five ways to make the most out of your internship!

Two men dressed in black look at a computer screen - How to Make The Most of Your Internship

Create new relationships

Internships provide a great opportunity to grow your network and meet new people! Your professional relationships typically make up your network– the people you know in a professional capacity who can potentially help you find your next job opportunity. Introduce yourself to your new coworkers, join workplace social events, and learn about the work being done where you're interning.

Set personal and professional goals

Your internship is a great time to work on specific skills or explore a potential career path– but to do them efficiently, you need to set goals! Make sure you're clear about what you want to accomplish (being as detailed as possible) and set a deadline for each. This will help you stay on track and adjust your goals if needed.

Take initiative

Your internship could sometimes be challenging, busy, or jam-packed with responsibilities. Other times, however, you may find yourself with fewer items on your to-do list. Don’t wait to be told what to do! This is the perfect time to take initiative and ask for new assignments or tasks. Going above and beyond shows your supervisor that you're driven and can work independently– qualities that increase the likelihood of getting an invite back or being offered a permanent position!

Find a mentor

A mentor can help you grow your interpersonal and professional skills both during and after your internship. Mentors can give you advice, write you a letter of recommendation for future job opportunities, and help you make important connections throughout your career. If you build a postive rapport with a coworker or supervisor at your internship, consider asking them if they would be open to mentoring you! 

Keep a journal of the experience

Take time during your internship to write out not only what you did each day, but the exciting moments, the way successes (and missteps) made you feel, and questions you have about the experience overall. Keeping this type of log may be required by your school (if you're in college) or the organization you're interning for, so be sure to check and see what information you should be collecting throughout your time as an intern. Lastly, if you’re thinking about trying out a new job or preparing for an interview, you can reread your journal and reflect on your experience!

Looking to land an internship to put these tips into action? Here are places you can start your search! Have any questions about internships? Text #Jobs to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

Find a Job

Success On The Job

Reading & Writing Skills Matter in Every Job

See the whole series

Let Get Schooled help you achieve your goals

Sign UpLog In

Related


How to Find Jobs & Internships in College

Here’s everything you need to know about searching and applying for jobs and internships in college!

Where to Find Internships

Looking for a great internship opportunity? Check out our tips on where to find internships!

How to Create Your First Resume

Not sure where to begin with your resume? Here is how to create your first resume!

The First 90 Days: Tips for Starting a New Job

The first 90 days on the job are critical to your success. Here are some tips for starting a new job!

Get Schooled helps young people get to college, find first jobs, and succeed in both.

About UsOur TeamBoard of DirectorsFAQ

Pursue Your Goal

©2024 Get Schooled