How to Prepare for a Summer Internship

How to Prepare for a Summer Internship

Once you finally land the perfect summer internship, you may be thrilled at the prospect of applying what you’ve learned in class to the real world. What many students forget is that being selected for an internship is only the beginning.

To help ensure a worthwhile experience – and perhaps even turn your summer internship into a full-time career following graduation – you’ll need to impress your supervisor by showing initiative, motivation, and innate skill the company can use. Your goal from day one should be to offer insights about how to help the company do a better job and get more customers. By making the right impression, you’ll be viewed as a valuable asset rather than just a summer intern.

Here are the preparations you must make now if you want to impress your summer internship supervisor.

Read Trade Magazines

To increase the chances of being assigned to more exciting projects during your summer internship, get ahead by subscribing to trade magazines. This will inform you of what new industry trends are coming up, so you can join in conversations about how the company can pull ahead of its competitors.

Learn More About the Company

Review the company’s website and become familiar with its products and services. Don’t allow a moment of your internship to focus on explaining these simple facts to you, or your supervisor could view bringing you on as a waste of time. Also, read press releases about the company and its competitors, and follow them on social media to give you insights into how the company can improve its visibility over its rivals.

Learn More About Your Supervisor and Company Employees

Check out their professional LinkedIn profiles to give you an inside look at the people you’ll be working with over the summer. This way, you’ll feel more confident on your first day as you go around introducing yourself to everyone. Even if this doesn’t come up naturally, take the initiative to say hello and shake hands with every new person you meet. This shows your supervisor that you’re not too shy to establish relationships with your potential future coworkers.

Get a Mentor

The supervisor at your internship should show you the ropes, but you can learn the tricks of the trade even faster if you have a mentor to lean on. You might ask your favorite professor or someone within the company that you get along with to be your mentor. Having a mentor means you have someone in the industry you can trust who has your best interests at heart. Nothing is more valuable than this!

In the end, it’s your job to make sure your internship is successful. You must prepare now if you want your first real-world experience to potentially become a full-time paid position.

Several programs at Northwestern State University of Louisiana require at least one approved professional internship to graduate. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact us today.