How To Survive Your Internship


Assuming that you are an intern right now in a completely unfamiliar environment, it’s inevitable that you will face uncertainties.

Here are some of the things I wish somebody had told me when I was on an internship.

Know what to expect. What you think you may be doing may not be what the employer has in mind for you. This is best clarified during the interview before you start the internship. Recognize that while the employer is interviewing you, you can also take the chance to interview them. Ask for specifics, have the same expectations about the daily tasks as your employer would. If not, it is recommended that you do so on your first day.

Respect everyone that comes your way. Of course, it is common sense to respect your superiors and seniors because they can directly affect your performance. Beyond that, be kind and courteous to people you meet regardless whether they are your colleagues, receptionists, janitors or even people outside your workplace. This can help you make your time at the company a better one in ways you never expect and may indirectly help you perform better.

Answer tactfully. Work politics is something you definitely want to avoid during your short stay at the company. The last thing you need as an intern is people sabotaging your performance. If someone starts gossiping and you have no way out, listen but don’t respond. Avoid agreeing or disagreeing to any gossip. Keep what you heard to yourself. During times when you have a feedback to give, start with a positive thing first followed by the feedback. Phrase your words to suggest that you’re giving them opinion to help them better something that is already good instead of telling them “this is bad”.

Be proactive. While it is tempting to lepak, do remember that your goal of being an intern is to gain exposure and learn more about the working world. Lepaking is not going to help you achieve either so if you are done with the task on hand, volunteer to help out with something else. That way, you get to learn more than what you signed up for and people will be more ready to help you when you need them.

Ask questions. One good thing about being an intern is that you are not expected to know everything. So take this chance to ask questions. By being curious about the rationale behind why certain things work the way they do, you stand a better chance at familiarizing with the operations of the company and the work that your coworkers are doing. Just don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

List things. Keep a list of things you need to do, a list of tasks that you have completed and what you learned in the process, a list of things that you really like about the internship, and so on. These lists can help you keep your work routine in check, stay positive and aid you in writing your report at the end of the internship.

Have faith that your internship is going to be a fulfilling one. Believe that it can be rewarding. You can do it!

To look for an internship that will add value to your portfolio, download the SHIFT job app, and all you have to do is:

  1. Fill up your profile (which is also your resume)
  2. Swipe up to apply

Good luck!

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