For those of you who are not taking classes, we hope you are enjoying the summer break! But some of you may actually be interning! Are you having a great time? Are you learning a lot and meeting new people? Here are some tips to make your internship worth while:
- If you're done with a task, be proactive and look for something productive to do. If there's nothing that your supervisor can give you, is there something you can do that can make his/her life easier? For example, AGES ago, when I interned at a local news network, I reorganized their videotape shelves. Yes it was a dirty job, but no one else was going to do it. They appreciated it so much, that at the end of the internship I was able to write a promo. Little deeds go a long way.
- Schedule informational meetings with people that you would like to learn more about. Is there someone in your department that you are itching to meet or learn about what they do? Well go ahead and put yourself out there! Stop by his/her office and introduce yourself and make that connection. Afterwards, you can follow up and ask if they have 15 minutes to have an informational meeting. The worst that can happen is that they don't respond, but many people enjoy talking about their experiences (and themselves) and are willing to help out.
- Be an active learner! Keep up the hard work and make sure you are a sponge, absorbing everything that comes your way!
So tell us about your internship! Send us a tweet @Hofstra Career about your internship. Make sure you use #HUinterns. Best of luck and keep us posted!
~Kat Castro, Assistant Director