Helpful Advice for Interns
An internship is a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than merely employment, and it can be paid or unpaid. A good internship can lead to a job, great references, and valuable experience. A bad internship can turn out to be a waste of time and money for everyone involved.
My advice for interns:
1- Understand that internship is not only about getting your hands dirty. You won’t become an expert on something in 3 months. The internship is about building your career foundation, gaining a “real world” perspective on an occupation, culture of workplace & organization structure, how the company works, and how operations run.
2- Prove yourself early and gain trust, follow instructions, pay attention to details, & care about quality.
3- Manage your expectations. Don’t expect to be working & managing big projects. It is an internship, sometimes you get a chance, sometimes you don’t.
4- Build your network inside the company and outside. Get to know everyone especially those at the top. Make them remember you. Relationship matters the most.
5- Take your work seriously, stay focused and don’t make mistakes. If you made one, don’t cover up, handle it correctly, and that starts by taking responsibility & fix it.
6- Learn from other co-workers, ask them about their career life, the pros & cons, how they are doing it, what it takes to succeed.
7- Dress for what you want to be. Be, look & act like a professional. Like it or not, the way you look plays a major role in how people perceive you.
8- Seek feedback and improve. Ask for advice & apply them.
Alahdal A. Hussein
Founder & Chief Analyst at Oil Industry Insight.