I know a fair number of college students read this blog. If you’re one of them, I’m guessing by now that your final exams are behind you. Some of you packed up your things and moved back home with mom and dad for the summer. Some of you have taken summer jobs to earn money to help you get through another year of college expenses. And some of you, the group I’m writing this post for, have accepted a summer internship positions to gain valuable work experience prior to graduation. By now, those of you in this last group should be adjusting to your new surroundings and getting a feel for what you’ll be doing over the course of your internship.
I’ve seen too many college students over the years approach internships like they would a required course – something they had to do or something they needed to have on their resume in order to get that first job after college. Don’t get me wrong, that is true – you should have 2-3 internships under your belt by the time you graduate to improve your chances of getting a job after graduation. I also want you to understand there is more opportunity on the table than you might realize.
For starters, think of an internship like a new relationship. Your employer has swiped right on you for this internship because they believe you are qualified for the position. Even if you got your internship through an introduction from your professors or relatives, you got the internship because you were the best candidate for the position (at least that’s the way it’s supposed to work). With this in mind, you need to realize you are on your first date right now. Like any first date, this is your chance to make a good first impression, to be on your best behavior, and show the other parties involved why they should continue to invest in the relationship. [Read more…]