Mastering Your Summer Internship
Summer internships are special. While interning during the school year can offer a phenomenal experience, a summer internship is typically full-time, allowing you to put your full focus on developing professional skills and impressing your boss and peers. It can also help you line up a full-time job after you graduate. Many summer internships are also part of an internship program that can involve a number of other students as well as unique mentorship events like brown-bag lunches, and fun activities like company baseball games.
To make the most of your summer internship you should come into it with goals and have a strategy to make sure you succeed. Goals can be anything from getting way better at a certain professional skill like sales, or front-end engineering; or, a goal can be to network and meet as many other people as you can. To help you get the most out of your summer position, we talked to hundreds of students to learn more about what they wished they knew before their first internship and made a summer internship blog series covering key topics and activities you should study and complete. Our list is below:
Week by week advice to make the most of your summer internship:
Setting Summer Internship Goals
Remember the 10 Must Dos of Networking
Explore these 7 Online Resources Perfect for Networking
Build Your Personal Project
Learn How to Land Your First Job
Once you’ve knocked your summer internship out of the park, you’ll be on the hunt for another internship or an entry-level job. If you’re moving on to entry-level jobs, here are a few suggestions for starting your search.
If you’re think you’ll be looking at jobs outside of your major focus, we’ve got a few tips for you here.
Questions and Answers
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When it comes to networking, how do you ask someone to intro you with one of their contacts?
Email the mutual contact with a short blurb where you include: 1) A polite note saying that you hope they're doing well. 2) 1-2 sentences about who you want…
Can I be totally honest with someone from HR?
Yes. It's so important be open and honest with HR to ensure your happiness at a company, especially if you don't feel as comfortable speaking with your manager. However,…
What does a project manager do?
Haha it's kind of tough to really internalize, but how let me try to give you an example. A project manager's goal is to make sure that a project…