5 Tips to Prepare for Your Summer Internship
May 31, 2019
Get ready for your summer internship from the comforts of our ROSS college apartments
With graduation season underway and summer fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of our best tips to help you get everything set for your big day.
Know the company
Before starting an internship, spend a generous amount of time on the website learning about the organization’s initiatives, accomplishments, and most importantly their team. Knowing the basics will help calm your nerves and makes going into your first day less daunting. Even further, being informed on who works on your team can help you position yourself to pick out a potential mentor for the duration of your internship. At the end of the day, you’re working for that letter of recommendation!
List your goals
Now that you know more about the company, write down what you hope to accomplish over your summer internship. Your list can include anything from learning a specific skill set to improving your networking abilities. Ultimately, these goals will help you prioritize the aspects of your internship that will contribute to your professional growth. When you’ve finalized your list, take initiative by sharing it with your supervisor so they can give you the guidance and support you need.
Build your LinkedIn profile
Whether this is your first internship or your fifth, you should have a LinkedIn profile that gives context to what you’ve accomplished. If you have limited work experience, don’t fret! LinkedIn gives you the ability to include a short bio of what you’re looking for, past and present volunteer work, and current interests. Remember to think outside the box. An employer isn’t just looking for where you’ve worked, but also what you care about.
Map out the office location
A few days before your start date, make sure you plan out how you’re going to get there. Is it walking distance? Do you need a car? Is it Metro accessible? These are important questions to think about well before your first day. Another detail to consider is the local lunch scene. One of the best ways to bond with colleagues and other interns is by going out to lunch or happy hour. Break the ice by going into your first week with a couple of local lunch spot or post-work activity suggestions!
At the end of the day, the most important task to check off your internship preparation list is housing. With numerous locations to choose from, your internship will be easily accessible from many of our ROSS college apartments. After a long day of working and socializing, our community will be here for you to kick back and relax. Schedule a tour today to see for yourself!