Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

By: Lexi

As only the first month of my summer internship comes to an end, I have already learned so much. It took a while for my employers to let me actually dive into the beneficial learning that is specific to my internship and my major, but while I was waiting to be assigned task after task, I learned important lessons that can help anyone with an internship succeed.

Ask Questions
Most of the time, there is never a stupid question. Asking questions will make you seem eager to learn and insure that you do your job correctly, which will impress your superiors.

Be Proactive
There is almost always something you can do. If you are not officially assigned a task, make one for yourself. You could study their company, look at past projects, get to know the book collection or database, etc.

Finish work on time & do more than is expected
This is so important. Being prompt and exceeding your expectations will make you stand out, which will help you succeed in your internship.

Tips for Summer Internship

Ask for constructive criticism
Asking for feedback is one of the best ways to learn at an internship. It will help you in your future tasks as well because you will know what they are looking for. Just be prepared to take the criticism and use their advice to fix your work, do not ignore it.

Take it seriously & be eager to learn
You are here to learn, show your employers that you want to. The more eager you are, the more likely people are to teach you. Show up on time, bring your materials and be ready to work.

Take a to-do list that you cannot lose
You will be given assignment after assignment, write these down! Making a to-do list will help you remember everything that you need to get done and it will keep you organized and finishing your work on time. Just don’t lose it!

Watch for opportunities to show off & contribute your knowledge
You were hired for the internship for a reason, you obviously have knowledge. Impress your employers with what you already know, but always have an open mind to learn more. After all, that is what you are there for.

Don’t just follow directions.
Do more than just the directions. Think about what you are doing when you do it. Understand what they gave you and really take information away from it.

Build professional relationships with your coworkers
The saying, “it’s who you know” is true. Build relationships now to have those connections in the future. This will help you advance your career.

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5 thoughts on “Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

  1. Hey I am doing an summer intern right now, and your post just came in at the perfect time with the perfect contents. Thanks for the advice! one thing want to ask: I am a UMD student, how can i earn internship credits? Which course or who to apply this for? Thank you!!

    • Hi Isabel! Congrats on the internship and thanks for your comment. Internship for credit depends on your academic department & major. Most majors at UMD will have a class/elective you can take while you’re in your internship. Also, most majors have a designated internship coordinator who can address this type of question. Start by contacting your department. – Ellen

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