8 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Internship Experience

Make good use of a prime time in your career development

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Now’s the time students and graduates are gearing up for summer internships. During your experience, you want to make the most of your time and gain the skills you need to advance to the next phase of your career. Check out these tips on just how to do that:

An internship is a six-week interview. Many internships will offer some full-time jobs to recent graduates at the conclusion of the internship program. So if you think you want a permanent role in the company, your internship is the best time to prove to your managers that you’re the right choice. Even if you don’t get a job straight away, you can still build up contacts for later down the road.

Failing to plan is planning to fail. The internship will be over before you know it, so it’s important you plan exactly what you want to get out of it. By letting your manager know upfront what you want to do, it will be a lot easier to design a program tailored to your interests. Be firm, but not demanding; they might not give you much “real work,” but at least you can let them know which types of roles you want to oversee.

Try to set up brief weekly catch-ups with your manager so you can update them on your progress or flag any concerns you have. Use this time to steer the direction of your internship if you feel it’s getting off track.

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