3 Ways Interns Can Impress Their Internship Bosses

June 25, 2015

Career Advice

4164251472_5850e06585_bHiring an intern is a unique process in the recruiting world because an intern is often hired based exclusively on potential. Sure, you might have the right major. And perhaps you’ve joined a club or signed up for a few relevant classes. But let’s face it — you don’t have a lot of experience. So what can an intern do to show they were the right hire? Here’s what new interns can do to impress their internship bosses:

1. Be motivated.
As an intern, you’re looking for a mentoring and learning opportunity but a lot of your time may be spent on your own. And that’s your chance to show what you’ve got. Creative freedom is never a bad thing! Companies are looking for self starters who can hit the ground running. Projects that are passed off to interns are often projects that no current employee had time to tackle. So if you can take on this project and not only follow the minimum directions but take it up a notch, you’ll be a step ahead of everyone else. And you’ll prove that you have the ability to work on your own without constant supervision.

2. Be reliable.
Show up on time all the time. I know that it’s summer break and all of your friends might be doing fun things without you. But if you can’t show up to a temporary gig when you’re expected to, what does that say about your work ethic? An internship is a two-way street. You get a learning opportunity while a company gets the chance to alleviate itself of some work. If you don’t hold up your end of the bargain, you’re creating even more work for the company. And that’s not good. You want to get a recommendation at the end of this internship — or even a job offer! Don’t let a simple thing like basic time management rule you out.

3. Be flexible.
Some internship programs are more structured than others. View your time at the company as a learning experience and be open and willing to work for whomever on whatever. You never know what you may end up liking or learning. Some days may be spent doing exactly what you dreamed of while others may be spent doing more administrative work. If you feel that you are more capable, suggest a few ways the company could use your skills. Or ask to set up some informational lunches or job shadowing opportunities with people outside of the department that you are in. People will respect your ambition.

How did you prove yourself during an internship? Comment below!

P.S. We hire interns at Spectrum Brands. Read what it’s like to be a Spectrum Brands Intern then view our internship openings.

Image via Michael Lokner/Flickr

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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