How to be a Successful Intern or Trainee

Intern - Definition
• A student or a recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training. • Interns are usually college or university students, but they can also be high school students or post graduate adults seeking skills for a new career.

Internship - Definition
• Internship is a system of on-the-job training for white-collar jobs, similar to an apprenticeship.

Internship - Benefits
• Student internships or trainings provide opportunities for:
– Students: to gain experience, to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts, etc. – Employers: cheap or free labor for low-level tasks.

Main Features
• A good intern
– Should be polite. – Should have:
• • • • • Good dressing style. Listening and Communication skills. Technical Skills. Team working skills. a willing to contribute to his department goals.

Interns – Main Goals
• Interns take note:
– Energy and enthusiasm are no longer enough to develop a successful career.

• You've got to bring something more meaningful to the table and the company you are working for.

Interns – Main Obstacle
• Many employees don´t like to work with interns, since they believe that they demand a lot of time and energy to teach them and in most cases they represent rework.

Strategies to be a Successful Intern
• Take Charge:
– One of the best ways to get ahead at work is to make your boss' life easier or better. – Think about areas that interest you and where you can add value. – Then go ahead and pitch yourself as an integral part of the team.

Strategies to be a Successful Intern
• Take Charge:
– Fill in a missing need. – The "here's what I can do for you" line is a lot more powerful than an "I'm excited to learn and do whatever you ask of me.”

Strategies to be a Successful Intern
• Play to your strengths:
– An Intern has a very good knowledge of the power of social media and how it can affect our personal lives daily. – An intern should think about how he can contribute to his company or career using what he know best:
• Technology.

Strategies to be a Successful Intern
• Use the Multiple-Choice Strategy:
– Tell your boss:
• Would you like me to start pulling together materials for next week's meeting, compile results from last week's polling data, or research the local statutes that we're basing the data on?"

– Give your boss two or three concrete ideas of ways you can help out. – It shows that you're thinking about how best to put yourself to work.

• In today's competitive economy, where everyone is doing more with less, an intern got to figure out a way to be value add from the start of his professional life. • Don't give someone the excuse to say they don't have time for you. • Take charge of your workload, play to your strengths ,and make it hard for someone to refuse your overtures of help.

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