For many students, internships can be slow and tedious. When there aren’t any projects to work on, interns are usually asked to organize, file, or run errands. It may seem like a bore sometimes, but at every internship, especially ones in public relations, there are always ways to maximize your experience. Here are some ways to make sure you are getting the most out of your internship:
1. Sit down with your supervisor on your first day of work. This will help you out in the long run because your boss can outline what you should be doing on a daily basis. Sitting down with your supervisors allows you to get to know them better and it will make you more comfortable asking for assistance or advice. Finally, when you have this initial conversation, you can tell your boss what you want to accomplish during your internship. This way, he or she will know what kinds of projects you are interested in. I’ve found that this is the most important part of an internship because your supervisor is who you are working with for the duration of your time at the company, so it is important to understand your responsibilities and establish a healthy relationship.
2. Try and get to know other people in your department. Connections are everything, and setting up informational interviews with the people who work with you is key. Everyone loves to talk about themselves, so ask some coworkers out for coffee. In an informational interview, you can ask how people got to where they are today, how they like their job, and what advice they might have for you. If you have a strong connection with a coworker, you can contact them for any future opportunities. Besides, you get to know the people you are working with!
3. Always ask if there is anything else your supervisor wants you to work on. If you have a lull in work, there is probably something else you can be doing. Just ask your supervisor! Sometimes it can be intimidating if your boss is busy, but they love when interns take initiative. Asking for more work makes you stand out because it shows you are motivated, hardworking, and not afraid to take on more responsibility.
4. Lastly, ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS. I know that sometimes this can seem a bit redundant, but it couldn’t be truer. If you want to maximize your experience at any public relations internship, you need to ask questions. Supervisors know that you are there to learn, and what better way than to observe and clarify? If you are unsure about anything or want to know more about something, just ask. Your coworkers will love you for it!