Top 10 Tips for Interns
Joining an internship is a great way to gain experience, boost your career and also have an insightful/fun placement. If you are going to be interning for the first time and are wondering how to make the most out of the experience check out our top tips how to make your internship a success.
1. Apply with the Right Company / Placement
There are so many companies offering internships in the UK and abroad. Some international agencies offer packages which include flights, accommodation, placements and in-country support. Reviews and experiences differ from company to company so make sure you pick a good one. Check internship reviews and feedback in advance on websites like Facebook to make sure companies are reputable and worthwhile. You can find internships in so many different industries, make sure you pick an area which interests you:
- Human Rights
- Interior Design
- Medical and Healthcare
- Social Media
- Sustainable Development
2. Choose the Right Destination
Where do you want to go? Do you want to stay close to home or how about the experience of living and working abroad? There are lots of companies who offer internships in the United Kingdom, whilst if you are seeking amazing experience and are keen to live in a different culture why not apply to intern abroad. You can apply all around the world!
- Intern in Africa
- Intern in Asia
- Intern in Europe
- Intern in Central America
- Intern in South America
- Intern in North America
- Intern in Oceania & Pacific
- Intern in Middle East
The changes are if you are happy with your location then you will enjoy the internship more.
3. Brush Up on the Local Customs
You always need to know the local customs, both company and culturally when it comes to interning especially in foreign countries. Every location/company/country is different. This will really help you while you are in your destination both in the workplace and outside.
4. Be on Time
Most companies generally work between 9 to 6 and before departing, make sure you have enough to reach to reach your intended destination so you are not late especially in your first week. Being late will be considered unprofessional behaviour, for example if you are going to apply for internships in the USA, people there are very specific about timings and it can reflect bad on your if you are late.
5. Make a Good First Impression
When you meet your colleagues for the first time find out their names and be friendly. Get as much information as possible by chatting with them and try to learn about the company/placement. Be interested and seem keen.
6. Wear the Right Clothes
Dress well to make a good impression. Your clothing must be immaculate and formal if you are on a professional/business placement. Dressing well can help improve other peoples impression of you.
7. Stay Somewhere Central
See where you are going to be working and choose a location close by. There are likely hotels, hostels and other accommodation available. If you are on a short term placement you don't want to be spending too much time commuting.
8. Ask Questions
You can learn a lot by asking staff questions. Don't be afraid! It will show you are interested and also improve your learning.
9. Be Professional
Try to keep the conversation professional in the office/work environment unless other people ask personal things. Internships and the people you meet can lead to full time employment so it is important you make a good impression.
10. Enjoy the Experience
Internships are work, but they can also be a lot of fun. They will likely go quickly so try to learn as much as possible and if you are friendly you will hopefully make new professional contacts or friends.