Via The Ladders : 7 ways to stand out during your internship
An internship is a great opportunity to show a prospective company how amazing you are. Not only do you have a ‘foot in the door,” this 8- to 12-week assignment gives hiring managers a snapshot of your personality, skill set, ambition, communication skills and of course intelligence.
We’ve asked business experts for advice on how to raise your career prospects, shine among the competition and make a lasting impression.
Erase your autopilot
Be open to a new corporate culture and a dynamic environment, which may be new to you.
“As an intern, you are walking into a new environment, with pre-existing systems and procedures,” explains Dr. Kat Cohen, CEO and founder of IvyWise an educational consulting firm based in New York. She suggests having an open mind and embracing the company’s way of doing things.
“In order to soak in as much as possible, take detailed notes whenever your supervisor shows you how to do a task,” she continues. “Even if it’s something simple that you think you already know, remove any assumptions you associate with it and approach the task as if you are learning something entirely new. For example, if it’s your responsibility to mail out a package, write down exactly how mailings are addressed and where they are placed.”
Maintain a “first-day” attitude
Every intern strives to make a promising initial impression by dressing professionally, arriving early, and asking thoughtful questions. Keep this discipline the entire duration of your internship.
“As the summer progresses, some students start to let these good habits fall by the wayside,” says Cohen. “It’s normal and healthy to feel comfortable at your internship, but do not let settling in turn into complacency.”
Maintain professional habits throughout the course of your internship, as it demonstrates your commitment. “So, approach your last day with the same level of care as you did the first time you walked through your company’s door,” she adds.
Turn “mistakes” into growth opportunities
Everyone slips up at work, especially during the first few weeks at a new internship, Cohen says, but instead of dwelling on these incidents and allowing mistakes to take a toll on your confidence, strive to learn from each occurrence.
“For example, if you’re prone to ‘careless’ mishaps such as typos or incorrect formatting, prioritize rereading and editing your work. Internships are learning processes; show your supervisor you are eager to grow by addressing initial areas of weakness or uncertainty,” she says.
Be the go-to intern your supervisor thinks of for a project.
“As you get comfortable with your day-to-day tasks, start looking for additional projects or opportunities that connect to your role,” Cohen says. “The most memorable interns are students who strive to go above and beyond a company’s defined set of responsibilities and apply what they learn to take their work to the next level.”
If you are struggling to think of additional projects or ways to expand your skill set, reach out to your supervisor to pencil in a time to discuss new projects and learning opportunities for you to get involved with, Cohen suggests.
Treat your internship like a real job
Although you may feel like “just an intern,” you are an important part of the team.
“Take your duties seriously and show your manager that you are there to work and make the most out of the opportunity,” says Beth Tucker, CEO of KNF&T Staffing Resources, based in Boston. She suggests taking notes during meetings, asking questions, and meeting deadlines.
“This will show your attentiveness and that you’re serious about learning and doing a good job,” Tucker continues.
In addition, she says to continue making a great impression by being honest and respectful, and offering help when you have extra time on your hands.
Ask for feedback
Feedback may seem like an intimidating word, but it is the key to helping you grow and succeed throughout your career.
“Don’t think of it as criticism – shift your mindset to think of feedback as a valuable enhancement to your skills,” states Tucker. “If you can do something more efficiently or better, then feedback will help you get there. Plus, it demonstrates your eagerness to better yourself in the role, which is valuable to managers.”
It’s true, confidence is important, but you also need to be teachable.
“A 20-something know-it-all is a huge red flag,” cautions Tim Toterhi, a TEDx speaker, ICF certified executive coach, and the founder of Plotline Leadership, a Raleigh, NC-based company that helps people craft their success stories. “Sure, maybe you’ll run the place one day, but probably not on day one. Bring the correct balance of confidence and humility to the discussion and you’ll increase rapport with the hiring manager.”
Via ABC News : How to turn your internship into a job offer
Are you in the midst of a summer internship that you are hoping will land you a job offer?
ABC News’ chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis teamed up with LinkedIn to break down some of the top tips and information interns should know if they’re hoping to turn their internship into a job offer.
Approximately 59 percent of internships lead to job offers, according to LinkedIn, so most interns should feel hopeful that the odds are in their favor. Still, there are a few things you can do to dramatically increase your odds of getting a job.
Networking is also key to landing a job: 85 percent of jobs are filled via networking, according to LinkedIn. But you don’t have to have connections to make connections. For starters, LinkedIn is a great place to get the ball rolling –- they have a resource called Career Advice that connects you with possible mentors.
Another great way to network is to reach out to graduates who went to your high school or college in similar fields of interest. You can also tap members of your sorority or fraternity or even sports teams, and technology now makes it easier than ever to connect with people.
Another tip if you are hoping to turn your internship into a job offer is to look for a paid internship. According to one recent report, students with a paid internship are three times more likely to get a job offer.
Here are expert tips on how to turn your internship into a job offer:
1. Work hard: Nothing replaces old-fashioned hard work. When you’re known as someone who’s eager, dependable, proactive -– it automatically makes you a desirable employee and someone they’d like to keep around.
2. Get to know people around the company: You made it into the building -– take advantage. Short, sweet emails asking if you can drop by for a quick chat is a great way to open the door. It is also a great opportunity to learn and reinforce how much you enjoy the company.
3. Be proactive and ask thoughtful questions in your interview. Here are a few things you should be sure to know in an interview: How does the company make money? What’s their product? Who’s their CEO? When you demonstrate you’ve done your research you show that you care.
4. Demonstrate soft skills: The No. 1 thing managers are looking for, especially in young candidates, is willingness, eagerness, desire to be useful and try hard.
5. Communicate: Think through your resume ahead of time, and go over talking points that reveal you are trustworthy and reliable.
Via Business 2 Community : 5 Reasons Internship Programs are Valuable to Your Business
Internships are unopened doors full of potential and opportunity awaiting both students and businesses. You may not even realize how valuable these students can be until they finish the program and are gone, though. These opportunities don’t just work for the students, but also bring the company and its team a fresh face full of energy, ideas and a desire to learn. Check out these five advantages to bringing students on board.
Students are young, eager and excited. They are the definition of bright eyed and bushy tailed and they can bring a lot of energy to the work environment. Interns are eager to learn and soak up all the knowledge they can with their short time at the company. No doubt, there is a lot of information to take in, especially if this is their first internship but many interns will come into the company with an energetic, positive vibe, that really makes an impact on your culture and environment. With all these new personalities mixed into the company culture, it can spark engagement amongst your employees and the interns.
We live in a crazy generational era where the workforce is currently blending Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and the newest, Gen Z. Each generation, of course, has their own ideas but your interns are interested in the latest tech-savvy strategies they will be able to bring into the company to teach others. Using internship programs, you have the opportunity to harvest new and unique ideas from these entrepreneurial minds. Coming in with an outsider’s perspective, they can go beyond the walls of the company and develop fresh, innovative ideas to hopefully inspire your teams to keep the ideas flowing.
There is always a task to be done, or something you wish you had an extra set of hands for that your team just can’t seem to get to. What better way to solve this problem than with an intern? An internship program is also an inexpensive way to get another mind wrapped around a project to bring insight and allow your full-time employees to focus more time on priority tasks or projects. It can also alleviate pressure for your employees knowing they have extra help, which can lead to boosting your overall productivity rate. It’s important to not underestimate interns just because they are students. These individuals are there to work, learn and experience real-world projects. Don’t be afraid to let them in on actual projects and get their hands dirty.
Interns are outsiders looking in and they will be able to spot flaws and improvements faster than you might think. These individuals can give feedback to you, your team and the company in general and it’s important to listen and try to make some of the improvements suggested, or at least consider them because they could be advancements to launch you ahead of your competition. Team members could very well be stuck in a “why fix it” mindset as they race through each day from task to task, but taking the time to listen to the perspective from someone just coming in could increase productivity or even make a process already in place more efficient.
When it comes to making a new entry-level hire, would you rather hire someone who’s never worked for your company or a young professional who started as an intern and already knows the ins and outs of the organization? Many Fortune 500 companies retain over 80% of their interns as entry-level hires. An internship offers a test trial for both the employer and the intern. Both parties get a sense of fit for the company and you as the employer get to assess what the intern is able to bring to the table. By the end of the internship, you have the option to extend an employment offer or keep these interns in mind for future open positions. By doing so, your organization is able to save recruiting costs.
The benefits internship programs bring to a business are undeniable. Whether you have a small class of interns each summer or do a large rotation each season, it’s important to navigate your program to achieve all of these benefits. Simplifying the recruiting and management process of your interns with a software solution can help alleviate administrative burden so you’re able to achieve these benefits to an even greater extent.
Via The Guardian : An internship could be your golden ticket to a graduate job
Interning can be a fabulous way to accrue the skills and network needed to land a good job – here’s how to prepare
Professional experience is vital for getting hired as a graduate – and an internship could be your golden ticket to both. More than one-third of recruiters are unlikely to employ a graduate with no work experience, according to High Fliers Research.
Interning can be a fabulous way to accrue the skills and network needed to land a good job, says Victoria Lawes, UK director of resourcing at Deloitte: “It’s a win-win. Students find out if that career is for them. Companies get early access to talent.” More than 60% of Deloitte’s undergraduate interns are hired into graduate roles.
The most rewarding schemes, however, are fiercely competitive. Employers receive an average of 51 applications per vacancy, according to a 2017 report by the Institute of Student Employers (ISE).
Deloitte, for example, gets more than 16,000 applications for its internship and work-experience programmes – from both school and university students – each year. Only around 350 undergraduates get on to its Summer Vacation internship.
So, what should students know about internships? For starters, the timetable has changed. Organisations only used to consider final-year undergraduates. Now more than half offer paid internships or short introductory schemes in year one. Most firms solicit applications once a year, normally in September or October, though some have two annual intakes.
Stephen Isherwood, chief executive of the ISE, says: “You need to be preparing for internships from the minute you start university – if not the summer before – if you are to stand apart from the pack.”
How does the system work? The biggest businesses, such as PwC, Unilever and Rolls-Royce, run schemes for university students, usually with formal application processes. Smaller employers tend to ask students to email their CVs – information is usually on their websites. Internships typically last for five to 13 weeks, though some employers run shorter placements.
Applying normally involves an online form, CV and cover letter, plus an in-person interview and psychometric test – a questionnaire to discover how you behave, what motivates you and more. Three-quarters of recruiters use psychometric tests, according to Personnel Today and Network HR.
The consumer goods group Procter & Gamble (P&G), for example, offers paid summer internships to students who answer a series of questions online, to measure characteristics that don’t always surface in interviews.
They include integrity, honesty and candidness. “These define how our people succeed in today’s business environment, and are the basis for our development and career systems and the uniqueness we will look for in candidates,” says P&G’s talent supply manager for northern Europe, Emma Lau.
How can students prepare? Take advantage of your university’s career team, who should provide mock psychometric tests, CV tips and interview coaching. Bob Gilworth, director of the Careers Group at University of London, says: “Use the written application to show what you love and want to do (your strengths), not what you can do or have done (your competencies).”
Extra research can differentiate you from the competition, says Ntima van der Boom, who is on a 12-month industrial placement internship at Deloitte as part of her Durham University business and management degree. The 22-year-old works as a technology consulting analyst in London.
“Look at the big trends impacting the organisation’s industry and explain in your interview how you would help them take advantage of emerging business opportunities,” she says.
An internship could be your golden ticket to a graduate job – but do your homework before applying.
‘It’s a steep learning curve and I’m challenged every day’
An industry-focused internship was Rebecca Gilbertson’s ticket to a rewarding career in financial services
I didn’t always dream of becoming a financial services risk consultant, but I do love my job – especially the opportunities it gives me to solve problems and learn new skills. It’s a steep learning curve and I’m challenged every day in my role. I work in a team that manages risk for a wide variety of financial services providers – mainly banks. We help them minimise risk and comply with regulation. EY has given me a lot of responsibility from the get-go.
I’m Ugandan and Kenyan, and moved to the UK when I was four. I studied A-levels in maths, physics, technology, art and design. I really enjoyed the creative aspects of art and design, but preferred problem solving in maths and physics classes. I wanted to study a more structured degree, so I choose economics and finance at the University of Manchester.
I planned to do a postgraduate degree in finance, so wanted to work an internship to gain practical insight into the sector. What attracted me to EY’s six-week summer scheme was the opportunity it gave me to work for financial services clients. Similar internships did not focus on the industry. I had the opportunity to add value to client work instead of photocopying and making coffee like some interns do.
To do well in your career, whether as an intern or a graduate, you should network and learn as much as you can from others at the firm. Never be afraid to ask for advice, as that is how you grow professionally.
I was offered a place on EY’s two-year graduate consulting programme and joined in September last year. The best part of my job is the opportunity to get involved with things outside of client work. For International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the Unity network at EY hosted an LGBT inclusion conference in our London office. On another occasion, I attended a private viewing of Tate Modern’s Soul of the Nation art exhibition for Black History Month. Events like this embrace diversity in all its forms and teach us to be more mindful of the way we connect with others.
The job can be demanding at times. You need to work hard and aim to grow and develop every day. One of the benefits of being on this grad scheme is being part of a peer group. You have a cohort of graduates who are at the same stage of their career as you are, and are facing the same challenges. We are really close to each other, and regularly catch up with each other outside of work.
The collaborative culture is one of the reasons I like working at EY. Once I complete the graduate scheme, I hope to be promoted to senior consultant.”
Interview by Seb Murray
The facts and figures
What you can expect to earn
- Median starting salaries for interns in 2017 were £18,000.
- Intern salaries rose by more than 17% between 2011 and 2017.
- The best-paid interns are in banking or financial services (£24,000), followed by law and accountancy or professional services (both £18,200).
- The median annual starting salary for industrial-placement internships was a little more than £17,700 in 2017.
- The accounting and professional services sector pays industrial-placement interns the best –the median starting salary in 2017 was £19,663.
- Many unpaid internships are illegal, but the law is not always enforced. About 40% of young people who have worked an internship were unpaid.
- The cost of doing an unpaid, six-month internship in London is more than £6,100, up from an estimated £5,556 in 2014.
- An unpaid internship in Manchester for six months would set a graduate back a minimum of £4,965.
- Three and a half years after graduating, those who did unpaid internships earn £3,500 less annually, on average, than those who started paid work immediately. Those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are £4,000 worse off.
- Graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds who took unpaid internships are 6 percentage points less likely to get a professional job than those who went straight into paid work.
Sources: Institute of Student Employers, The Sutton Trust, University of Essex
Via Poynter : Advice for interns: Go beyond what’s required, send handwritten thank you notes and find allies
Welcome to intern season. The first time I oversaw an intern, my boss gave me valuable advice: Having an intern is actually more work (you need to carve out a lot of time to give feedback), and you are there to teach and guide. It’s not about what they are bringing to you. This doesn’t mean they aren’t useful; many interns provide a lot of value to newsrooms. But I believe it is managers’ responsibility to provide environments that allow interns to grow as journalists and colleagues.
I asked 10 smart women to give advice to this year’s interns to help them be as successful as possible.
How do I fit into the culture?
“This is a tricky one because office cultures can vary a lot, and if it’s not a healthy culture, you might not want to fit into it! Use the first couple weeks to be hyper-observant about how staff operate: Is it hierarchical? Do people stay super late? Can you take digital ideas directly to an editor, or should you talk to your direct supervisor first? Is the vibe formal and quiet, or chatty and social? There’s nothing overtly good or bad about any of these scenarios, but it’s useful to get the sense of the culture so you don’t go shouting to a friend four cubicles over if it’s not that kind of place. Seek out a staffer who could be a casual role model — maybe the newsroom even sets you up with a mentor — whom you can occasionally ask for advice around these issues when they come up. Whom do you pitch an idea to? Is it OK not to eat lunch at your desk? Having a friendly ally can help figure out how to navigate those culture questions as they come up.”
— CJ Sinner, digital graphics producer at The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune.
What will make my work stand out?
“Mostly, I recommend going beyond the work that’s required. Work on a project that is outside what is assigned to you and also personally fulfilling. It should be something that you want to invest your time into. You will grow tremendously from pushing yourself. The project is a perfect avenue to connect with staffers who will guide you to nurture that work. Also, the great gift of being an intern is that it is designed to be a learning experience. You are not there to show off. You are there to learn and to absorb the resources available to you for a very short time. It’s important to experiment, to embrace failure and to learn from your colleagues.”
— Dania Maxwell, freelance photographer based in Los Angeles.
“Come early, stay late, pick up holiday and weekend shifts, and volunteer for every assignment that’s up for grabs. You can demonstrate your strengths — whether it’s a bulldog reporting instinct, or a talent for narrative writing — in every story you write, no matter how brief. And if you get to pitch your own ideas, make sure you can finish them by the end of the internship.”
— Laura Nelson, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times.
How should I deal with sources or colleagues who don’t take me seriously because of my age?
“Find allies. For me it was about finding the youngest senior people and getting them to listen to me. They remember what it was like to be in your place. This also includes allies who are open to and embracing of what you have to offer. Your youth comes with strengths — play those up. You offer fresh perspective, and have newer insights. Use that to your advantage. Your youth is not a bug, it’s a feature.”
— Dhiya Kuriakose, senior director of development strategy and syndication at Condé Nast Entertainment.
“You’re not alone and you do have weapons in your arsenal: Dress professionally for the way you want to feel and carry yourself with confidence — even if you don’t always feel it. Be undeniably good at what you do to silence naysayers. Align yourself with your boss or a newsroom leader who will advocate for you and provide opportunities for visibility. Come up with quips for when your age/experience is brought up. For example, “How long have you been in journalism?” “Long enough to know what I’m doing. 😊””
— Kari Cobham, senior manager of digital content at Cox Media Group.
What should I do during my internship to prepare for job hunting?
“Meet with as many journalists as you possibly can. Take editors out to coffee and ask them what they look for in a new hire. Ask your mentors to give you feedback on your resume and cover letters. Spend time updating your personal portfolio with your best work. If you see a hole in your body of work, consider asking your manager for an assignment that could help show your skills in that area. Say thank you (and follow up with a handwritten note) to anyone who spends more than 30 minutes giving you advice or helping you learn something new. Being gracious, as well as professional, helps build your reputation and your brand.”
— Emma Carew Grovum, product manager at The Daily Beast.
“Keep a list of the tasks you do and the skills you acquire during your internship. Keep in mind the things you enjoyed doing, and the things you didn’t. Use that to inform what jobs you apply to, but know that first jobs almost universally suck. Don’t be afraid to apply for jobs at smaller organizations outside of coastal media hubs — I’ve found it’s better to do the thing you want to do at a smaller place than to try and fight to do the thing you want at a bigger organization. ”
— Alex Laughlin, audio producer at BuzzFeed News.
How can I talk to my boss about personal challenges or mental health?
“A good boss will want you to be honest with them. Sometimes that may mean sharing a work-life stressor or a more personal obstacle you’re trying to overcome. But remember, when you’re talking to your boss, you’re not talking to your ‘bff.’ Don’t ramble. Be succinct.”
— Leah Becerra, digital growth editor at The Kansas City Star.
How can I combat imposter syndrome or competition with other interns?
“Realize you’re here for a reason. Journalism internships are very competitive. You had to prove yourself just to get this one, and you should be proud of that. Go in with the mentality that the other interns are your allies, not your competition. More so than anyone else at the organization, they’ll be able to relate to your situation. Go to them for advice, commiserate with them, and grab lunch with them when you can. Long after your internship is over, they’ll be valuable contacts in the industry.”
— Rubina Madan Fillion, director of audience engagement at The Intercept.
“I loved reading about the Shalane Flanagan effect after she won last year’s New York City Marathon. She’s one of the premier elite runners in the U.S. — a position she’s earned not just from a decade-plus of training and hard work, but also through mentoring and elevating her fellow teammates. She’s supportive, but not submissive. The article specifically describes the Shalane effect as a type of feminism, but I think it’s a good principle to keep in mind when any colleague might also be considered a competitor. As the article says, ‘It’s not so lonely at the top if you bring others along.’ If you build a support network for others, it will support you as well.”
— Ryann Grochowski Jones, deputy editor for data at ProPublica.
Do your homework
This week I’m asking for advice: How do you prepare for a big interview? How do you stay calm and make sure you get what you need? What if it’s a celebrity or big industry name? Reply to this Twitter thread, and I’ll share the advice. You get bonus points for sharing your advice with colleagues, too.
Focus on the work
When Joni Deutsch joined WFAE last November, her colleagues couldn’t stop talking about their idea for a podcast based on Sarah Delia’s year-long investigation of a woman who was sexually assaulted by a stranger in Charlotte, North Caroline. The more Deutsch learned about it, the more she knew it could be great, and she pulled together the right people from across the organization to figure out how it would sound and be published.
The first episode of the She Says podcast launched on May 31. It’s the story of a woman named “Linda,” who was sexually assaulted nearly three years ago and has had to act as her own advocate and detective to try to solve her case. She recorded her conversations with the police, and those recordings are featured in the podcast. New episodes are available every Thursday on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, NPR One and on other podcast apps, as well as on WFAE.org/SheSays.