Things I Wish I Knew When I was an Intern

After observing the interns in the office (there are four in just our group), I can’t help but think back to the days of curiosity and anxiousness wondering what assignment I would be tasked next. As many of you continue your summer internships, (more than halfway through?!) there are a few things I wish I knew when I was interning.

  1. It’s good to ask questions. Don’t jump into an assignment if you’re unsure about something. Speak up and ask questions. If you don’t, you’ll most likely have to redo it and waste time.
  2. All assignments count. Even if it’s going to get stamps, your ability to follow through with every assignment does not go unnoticed. You might not be praised for every little task, but your supervisor keeps note.
  3. You’re being observed. Just when you think no one is looking, they are.
  4. Never sneak out the office. Always check-in with your team before leaving. The last thing you want is someone looking for you and being surprised when they realize you left.
  5. Keep in contact. You’ve most likely developed a good relationship with your team and you don’t want to lose that.
What are some things you wish you knew when you were an intern? Or if you are one now, what have you learned?
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