Now that June is knocking at the door, it smells like Internship time, yeah!! But before heading out I thought I should throw in a little more gems in here for you to take with you.
Most times we do internship because we want to get our academic figures to rise and graduate in time. But maybe you need a solid plan, one that doesn’t focus alone on doing internship for academics, for recommendations and work experience but for character growth and work ethic.
Here are 4 things you need to consider while doing that internship;
Developing Character: I have always been a person that runs for my life; when I realize you are the office gossip, I would run for my life to protect myself from a scandal or confrontation (gosh I hate confrontation, it drains the blood out of me).
I would run for my life if I found that you were violent, a hypocrite and a quarrelsome person. It’s just recently that I am learning how to embrace everyone and their character because I now know that people’s work in most cases doesn’t embody their character; it only embodies their work ethic and technique.
So as an intern it’s your responsibility to know that those quarrelsome people, the office gossip and the violent people have work skills and ethic that you need to learn, which makes it important for you to learn how to accommodate them by developing your character and work around their own characters to get what you want.
Start with the end in mind: Whenever you are doing internship or have been accepted on a voluntary job keep the end in mind. Keep in mind that everyone in the company you’re working for started at the bottom and once was an intern. Evaluate the talents you already possess and make a list of the ones you want to develop.
And if you know a work colleague who has the talents or technique of working that you want to learn approach them and ask them if they would be kind enough to show you how to develop the technique or skill you want to learn.
I remember when I wanted to write a cover story there was this one guy I always went to for help since he had quite a number of cover stories to his name than anyone else in the newsroom. I believe he is part of why I succeeded in writing a cover story within two months so go out and talk to that one person that knows what you want to know and make an effort to learn as much as you can.
Learn how to communicate: I don’t know how much I can emphasize this but above all for this internship learn how to communicate. Whenever you find it hard to complete a task that has been assigned to you communicate it. Remember you are an intern no one is expecting you to complete a task like a professional and even if they are if you report in your inability to complete a task in time, you will be helped other than reporting in at the last minute.
Communicate with your colleagues or Superiors if you disagree with them in the way you should go about a task or in the way they are treating you. This helps so much plus it shows you are mature other than resorting to gossip.
I remember at my first internship, one of the guys who worked in the HR’s office read my C.V and my academic papers and started teasing me about it at lunch in front of everyone and I hated it. So I decided to go in and talk about it with him and the HR personal and he never did it again.
Turns out he didn’t know it affected me and after that I had no reason for hating him in fact we became great friends. So as you intern out there remember communication is key above all things.
Don’t let negative vibes of other people get to you: There are some people who like to treat the interns like ‘just interns’ but don’t let it get to you. You know why you are there and what you’re worth. It can be easy to shrug your time off as “just an internship”, but don’t underestimate the value of your input.
Even if your tasks seem unimportant, it’s important to go in with the awareness that your efforts are freeing up valuable minutes so the people around you can perform their jobs better. You are part of the team, and your contribution matters so act like it!
It’s all about staying positive. Learn how to smile, always greet people at the office, people will remember that nice intern and eventually it will pay you back, in the long run.
I hope I have been of help and please go out and wow them daily as the intern from heaven 🙂