When it comes to gaining valuable work experience to compete in today's job market, it is undeniable that internships are vital in building a quality resume. And making the most of each experience is key. "As a previous intern and internship supervisor, I’ve witnessed a plethora of students fail at optimizing their internship experiences," says <a href="http://antoinemoss.com/main/page_bio.html" target="_blank"><strong>Antoine D. Moss, Ph.D.</strong></a>, educational consultant, NASA researcher and author of <a href="http://antoinemoss.com/main/page_intern_ceo_style.html" target="_blank"><em><strong>Learn to Intern CEO Style</strong></em> </a>(Antoine Moss; $15). "The primary reason is because students didn’t know how to separate themselves from the pack."
<li>Moss came up with the Creator of Excellent Opportunities (CEO) framework, detailed in his book, and offers these tips for students who want to find long-lasting success in achieving not only current career goals, but making impressions that will have a lasting, positive impact:</li>
<strong>Customize your internship experience:</strong> "Just like you do with Facebook & your iPod, it's a must that you customize your internship experience," Moss says. "Meet with your supervisor to customize a plan that will help you achieve the organization's goals along with your personal internship goals. Without being strapped with this plan, you will run a high risk of brewing a lot of coffee and filing loads of paperwork."
<strong>Develop yourself as a business:</strong> "Each successful business has a brand and is known for at least one great product or service. Discover your strength, work hard to perfect it, and then deliver it."
<strong>Cultivate excellent interpersonal skills:</strong> "In this globalized world, you must have stellar interpersonal skills. Demonstrating a high level of emotional intelligence along with exhibiting your polished communication, presentation, and vocabulary skills in a confident manner will cause people to flock to you."
<strong>Always maintain your integrity:</strong> Never gossip about your coworkers or conduct business affairs in an unethical manner. Doing this will ruin your reputation. someone once said, “Good news travel fast, but bad news travels faster!”
<strong>Always produce quality work in an innovative way to add value:</strong> Use your entrepreneurial mindset and skills to advance your internship organization. Employers want interns who can move their company forward.