Over the past three years of college, I have had the good fortune to do several internships with amazing companies both in America and abroad. From all of those experiences, there were some commonalities. Here are the top seven takeaways told by one of my favorite television shows: Grey’s Anatomy.
1. Remember everything is a give and take!
A good internship will be a partnership where both you and the internship host should be gaining from your experience. Hopefully you can walk away with portfolio pieces or moments of growth that you can use in the next work place.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
No one expects you to know everything! You are there to learn, so you should be taking every opportunity to clarify those questions. Trust me, its better to ask than to do an entire project wrong because you didn’t.
3. Advocate for yourself!
This is something I still struggle with, but being clear about your expectations and goals creates a better partnership for everyone involved. This is a great opportunity to find you voice and stand up for your needs in the workplace.
4. It’s okay to make mistakes.
My first couple jobs in marketing, I was terrified of what I was doing wrong. Just like no one expects you to know everything, they don’t expect you do everything right. If you are giving it your best, then then hiccups along the way are often forgivable.
5. Things won’t always be perfect, but that’s okay.
Not every opportunity will be exactly what you are looking for. Maybe it isn’t in a location you like, or an industry you see yourself in. That is totally okay! You should take the time to figure out what you want.
6. Get to know your co-workers.
Get to know the people you spend your time with. It will not only help you work better, it is also a networking opportunity! You have no idea where they could help you get in the future.
7. Have fun!
It is a definitely a job, but it still should be a good experience! Hopefully the job will get you excited about your career, and help you figure out more about yourself in the process.
All of my internships have helped me in so many ways, and I’ve been able to think critically about where I see myself in the future. I’m so thankful to have learned all of this along the way!