How to be prepared for an internship

You’ve put together the perfect resume, aced the interview, and landed yourself a great internship. Getting the internship is just the beginning, and the first day could be circuital when giving off a lasting impression. So what’s next? It’s time to get prepared!

Source: Times Union

Source: Times Union

Before your first day make sure you know the company like the back of your hand, and more importantly, know their clients. Knowledge in the company will show you are interested in their business, and learning about their clients will get you up to speed about who they’re doing business with. Go online and search the company website, if this information is not available – look to Google, or simply ask who their top clients are. Get familiar with these clients and take notes; you never know when you’ll have a great idea.

Second, have the right technology. Some internships allow you to use their computer and phone, but others ask that you bring your own. Make sure your laptop has the capabilities necessary for high volume work, and has the tools to get the work done; such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Don’t forget to bring your charger and an empty USB drive as well.

Last, pack your lunch. This might seem like a no-brainer, and while some of your co-workers might leave for lunch, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have time to do so as well. Work can pile up quickly, so make sure you have enough snacks to make it through the day.

Leah Rodriguez
Vice President of Public Relations
EMU PRSSA
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