Well, my friends, we have reached the end of my summer internship. I could go in depth about all the awesome things I have learned and done, but that's not necessary (as you can follow my journey in my diary entries). I will just say this- if there was an internship that could single handedly prepare me for the "real world", this was it. Clearly the employees here are the experts on how to find a job, so I think it says a lot that the majority of them have worked at the same company for many years.
I've learned a lot about the major do's and don'ts of an internship since I have been here at Snagajob. But there were three lessons that stuck with me most throughout my time here.
1. Accept constructive criticism.
Growing and learning can only happen if you are open to feedback. Don't take things personally because typically when someone is offering advice it will benefit you moving forward. In a role like mine where writing is an integral component, I was expecting lots of editing and notes so I was mentally prepared.
2. Take on side projects.
I wasn't always working on just my daily assignments. Taking on side projects can give you a chance to showcase and hone your skills in other areas. It also shows that you can take initiative and apply yourself to things outside your scope of assigned tasks. It's a nice break sometimes to try your hand at something different. Just make sure it doesn't take away from your main focus.
Know that you landed the position for a reason and have something to offer. Believe in your abilities and be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. However, you should always be willing to learn and gain new skills.
I'm going to take you through how my summer here at Snagajob went....
The day before I started I was pretty much freaking out.
The morning of my first day was even worse.
I was hoping I wouldn't be like the stereotypical intern-running errands and not really learning anything.
Turned out that it wasn't like that at all.
Some things did take a little getting used to.
After a few weeks, I got the hang of things and even started to be more proactive.
By the end, I was completely in love with Snagajob and appreciative of my internship experience. Which made the news that the internship had been extended through my fall semester even more exciting!