Internships are viewed differently depending on your place in life. Some employers view them as free labor. Other employers view them as a preview of how their future employees will fit in with their company. Alternatively, some students view them as requirements for their degree while other students view them as an invaluable learning experience. No matter how an internship is viewed, there is no denying that it can be a valuable experience for both students and employers. Here are some tips to have a successful internship that I learned during my summer internship here.
- Ask for Feedback
This is quickest way for an intern to understand what their supervisor is looking for when they are assigned a task. The best way to do this is to complete the task that was assigned to you in a way that you think your supervisor would do it. Then take it back to your supervisor and ask if this is what they wanted. Whether they say yes or no, you'll now know your supervisor prefers work to be completed.
- Do More Than Expected
During my internship a phrase I heard often was “next level”. This was in reference to the work that is done at U/S Sports Advisors. As my internship went along I quickly learned to take my work to the “next level” before even showing it to my supervisor to ask for feedback.
- Find a Mentor
This is one of the most important tips for a student who is about to start an internship. The best way to learn about a company or even an industry is to establish a person who you will be working with often during your internship that you can go to for questions or even advice for certain situations. For example, my mentor was also my supervisor, Jesse Ghiorzi (incase you were wondering, the “next level” phrase came from him).
My internship with U/S Sports Advisors ended in August. So you might be wondering why I am writing a blog for them in September. The reason is because I was able to achieve a successful internship, which led to a job offer from the agency. I am now a full time employee at U/S Sports Advisors with the title of Assistant Coordinator.