This guide contains tips and resources to make your internship a success. Remember to consult your course co-ordinator or internship mentor with any specific questions.
Always be on time. In the mornings, to meetings, returning from breaks. If you are in a situation where you are running late let your supervisor know.
Interns may be required to work on many different tasks and in different areas depending what is happening at the company during your internship.
Have a good attitude
Everyone loves to work with someone who is friendly, positive, engaged and interested and walks in the door with a smile.
Ask questions and make notes
This shows you are engaged and interested. This will will also help when it comes time to writing your report and for updating your CV.
They are working in the business industry and can provide a wealth of insight and advice.
At the end of your internship express appreciation for the opportunity you have had to work with them, and enjoy yourself!
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You will gain valuable industry exposure and insight. You will see first hand different roles, functions, work and projects that people in the business sector are involved in. An internship can help you shape your future career goals and areas of interest.
You will get hands on experience working in a professional environment and developing your professional skills. You will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in a real life work environment.
Looks great on your CV
Employees place high value on work experience. Take note of the work you perform during your internship so you can record it on your CV. If successful in your placement you may be able to ask for a reference for future jobs you apply for.
A fantastic opportunity to meet people already working in business the industry and start making contacts.
Watch this video from the University of Derby about the importance of internships.