My name is Dodie Fontaine, and I have recently been afforded the opportunity to Intern for the Career Development Center at Northeastern University. Similar to many college students actually leaving the classroom setting, entering the work force can be a daunting experience. Not to worry, I have 10 tips for you!
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
There really is no such thing as a stupid question,.. OOkay, maybe there are silly questions but when it comes to an internship and a task that you are unsure of make sure to ask, re-clarify, and ask again. It is better to be safe than sorry!
2. Always ask if there is anything else you can do.
Whenever you finish an assignment or project make sure to ask your supervisor if there is anything else you can help them with. This shows initiative, and that you are willing to go above and beyond your call of duty.
3. Make sure to dress appropriately.
Some offices are more casual than others so it is important to ask your supervisor what the office protocol is when it comes to dress code.
4. Introduce yourself
Although working in a new environment can be intimidating make sure you introduce yourself to everyone in the office.
5. Learn everyone’s names.
Whether you work in an office with 5 colleagues or an office with 50, you should make it your mission to learn everybody’s name.
6. Be on time, or even early.
Whatever you do, don’t be late! Being prompt is so important and shows that you are reliable. I suggest being 15 minutes early so you can get settled before your day begins.
7. Network, network, and network some more!
8. Be proactive.
Take initiative and get something done without asking, whether it be a project or your own research.
9. Make the most of every minute of the experience.
Even if you’re not getting paid or getting paid very little be sure to make use of the time that you have at the internship. With every opportunity comes experience!
10. Write thank you notes.
Last but not least, make sure to write thank you notes to your supervisor and colleagues – basically anyone that has helped you throughout your time there. Trust me, this goes a long way!
Dodie Fontaine is an Intern at the Career Development Center. She is working towards her Master of Education in Counseling at Providence College. You can find her exploring Boston on the weekend and getting way too many parking tickets in Southie. Tweet her @CareerCoachNU!