Many people think of an internship position as a non-paid position, usually held while in college finishing up a degree requirement. However, during the recovery from one of the worst recessions in recent U.S history, what if you’re choosing a new career? How can one proactively jump into a new industry without getting a new degree altogether? An internship is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking for a change. But the opportunity is all controlled by the actions that the said intern demonstrates.
I started my career at Voce Communications as a Public Relations Intern. During my first few weeks as a “Vocian,” I was handed various responsibilities. As an intern, you’re not expected to know how to do everything. However, knowing when and how to ask questions is important in order to for the internship to be a beneficial experience. When asking and seeking answers, it is important to listen, learn, and improve on each task assigned to you. Working as an intern in any business, everyone can point out the “new guy.” But, can the “new guy” actually make a lasting impression with their work? There are some interns that blend into the background and do the minimum that is expected of them. It’s all up to the individual to turn the internship from a temporary position into a permanent one. Hard work, determination and bringing up new ideas or new ways of doing things will set an intern apart from blending in.
Go the extra mile; volunteer yourself to go to conferences or brainstorming sessions. Introduce yourself to anyone that works for the company. How many interns feel comfortable making a fool out of themselves at the drop of a dime? Well, you probably won’t be asked to do that. But, my point is, if you leave a lasting impression of the work ethic you bring with you into the internship position, you have the ability to turn a temporary position into a permanent one and the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a new career.
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