Career Paths

How To Maximise Your Internship Experience

An internship is your introduction to the world of work, so it's important to select it carefully and to get the most out of it. Here's how it's done.

An internship is your introduction to the workplace, so it’s important to choose it carefully and also to get the most out of it. This type of contract generally involves working part time for a maximum of 6 months, giving you a chance to show what you’re worth and to demonstrate your potential.

So there are various strategies you can adopt to ensure your internship acts as a springboard into a successful career. Here’s what they are.

Tips on how to make the most out of an internship

First of all, to get the best out of your internship it’s essential to be proactive and willing. During the time you spend with the company, your aim must be to show your capacity for work. This will encourage your superiors to renew your contract when it expires, or to write a reference letter to help you find a new job.

Look upon this time as a personal challenge, even if you have to sacrifice a few evenings out. During this period of internship, everything must be subsidiary to your career.

Remember it’s an internship and you’re there to learn, so if you don’t know how to do something it’s quite acceptable to ask. Indeed, it’s much better to ask advice than to make a blunder and appear arrogant. Another thing to bear in mind during your internship is that if you don’t like something, it’s probably best not to mention it straight away.

Complaining about long hours, about your colleagues, or about any other aspect of your internship, might well prove counterproductive. Instead, try to improve your working day and help to make the working environment a bit less toxic.

It’s equally important to create a good relationship with your colleagues. Your boss might ask them for feedback at the end of your internship, so it’s vital to make a good impression on the people you work with!