Without context, I asked my little sister what I should write about. She said “dogs.”
Here are five internship lessons dogs can teach us:
1) Good dogs can lead and follow.
Your internship will require you to be a leader and a follower.
As a follower, you will be expected to be a sponge that absorbs new information. You will ask questions and reflect on your experience. Being a good listener will help you understand your assignments, the company culture, and team goals.
As a leader, you may be expected to lead a group of people or simply be self-motivated. The best interns ask for themselves “what can I do next?”, “how can I do better?”, and “how can I do more?”
2) Good dogs are trainable.
Your internship will require you absorb training and apply it immediately.
Your first week at the internship might be overwhelming. There will be a lot of new information to take in and master.
3) Good dogs are reliable.
Your internship will require you to be timely.
Getting to work on time, completing projects by the deadline, and attending necessary meetings characterize you as reliable.
Be punctual, present, and productive.
4) Good dogs cheer people up.
Keeping a positive attitude brightens the work environment.
A smile, thank you, or a kind gesture can make a staff, boss, or coworker’s day.
Positivity can communicate your appreciation for your opportunity.
5) Good dogs are full of energy.
Internships take a lot of social, mental, and physical energy. To stay sharp during your internship requires plentiful sleep, nourishment, and hydration. Don’t sacrifice energy at work for late nights on the town, gaming, or Netflixing.
Hoping you have a doggone good internship!
Of Possible Interest:
- Internships – all of our blog posts on the topic
- How to Handle a Competitive Work Environment
- Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Internship
Photo sources: Priscilla Du Preez, Annie Spratt, Matt Odell, Leo Rivas