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10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Internship

So you landed your dream internship. Congratulations! But what comes next?

Follow these 10 tips to make the most of your internship:

  1. Go into the program with an open mind. Set goals and put them in writing. What do you want to accomplish, and why? What do you need to do to reach those goals?

  2. Pay attention to office culture. Observe and mirror things like when others show up and how they dress. Learn from your coworkers.

  3. Fully understand tasks that are given to you, and ask questions if needed. Pay attention to details—because the little things matter.

  4. Stay positive. Even if the internship goes in a different direction than expected, maintain a great attitude so you can take away a few key learnings and a recommendation from your boss.

  5. Work hard and efficiently to gain trust early on. Remember, internships are extended interviews.

  6. Stay focused. Don’t get too comfortable.

  7. Ask for feedback, and assess your progress. What are your strengths? What are your opportunities for growth?

  8. Take initiative. Done with your assignments? Ask for more!

  9. At the end of the program, connect with your coworkers and leadership team on LinkedIn. Write the ones you were closest to sincere thank you notes.

  10. Update your LinkedIn profile and resume while the details of your internship are fresh in your mind. Be specific and quantify your accomplishments!

With these 10 tips, you’re well on your way to a successful internship. Still searching for the perfect internship? Check out the Bankers Life insurance agent internship program!