Being an intern isn't easy. Long hours; tight schedule; little to no pay. The experience though can pay it forward. Here are some quick tips (accompanied by famous interns) that will help you make a dazzling impression. Watch yourself work your way up through the ranks.
Send a thank you note after the first week
Samwise Gamgee is not only one loyal hobbit, he's an apprentice to his dad, Old Gaffer Gamgee. He learns the gardening trade while keeping an eye out for his buddy, Frodo Baggins. Sounds like a future employee for hire!
Bring in baked goods
Ryan the Intern isn't famous for his cooking. Remember how he started the fire with the toaster oven? Even if your baking skills aren't up to par, some doughnuts are always appreciated. They'll also keep your coworkers in good spirits!
Do not text/Facebook unless it is part of your job
Practicing calligraphy is part of a monk's job. Notice there aren't tempting cell phones nearby to distract them from their craft. Be aware of how your boss and coworkers perceive your use of social media.
Be coachable and have a good work ethic
Poor Andy! No matter what the boss throws at you or how you're treated, remember to breathe. An internship is temporary and a learning experience. If your boss throws her coat at you, you've learned you never want work for this person again.
Collaborate and ask questions
This movie shows the power of teamwork. If you're new to the industry where you are interning, don't just sit back and watch. Ask questions, ask to work alongside a mentor, ask for help, ask for advice. Starting to get the picture? Do a lot of asking.
Have professional goals for each week and meet them
The Karate Kid is one dedicated individual. Working alongside his master, he learns about diligence, perseverance, and determination. The qualities, along with some goal setting, will allow you to rock your internship.
Have a positive, can-do attitude
Mickey is an overzealous apprentice, and his willingness to try magic on his own gets him into a lot of trouble with brooms and water. Don't be like Mickey. Control your magic and apply it effectively. Follow the advice of Walt Disney "If you can dream it, you can do it."
Your workplace should want to hire/refer you
This young adult book about a midwife's apprentice is about coming of age and learning to establish a place in the world. The work you do should and your positive attitude should stand out from the rest. Stand your ground. Make your mark. Be exceptional.
Seek out a guiding mentor with quality advice
Will Turner's original mentor is a drunken swordsmith who doesn't give him credit where credit is due. Will's next mentor, Jack Sparrow, is a drunken captain with a ship, but a much better mentor. Jack helps Will discover what he's really good at...a pirate's life. Drink up me hearties yo ho!
Approach each task with an open mind
JD is a little naive, a little optimistic, a little wacky. He's successful though because he has a positive outlook and can always find the best in every situation.
Surround yourself with success
My internship with Silverman Benefits Group, an affiliate of the Fortune 500 company Aflac, gives me a foundation for success. I'm surrounded by top-quality interns and professionals who are about to make it big in the insurance industry. On my left is Eric Silverman, former Aflac intern who made it big. Selecting your internship should be like selecting a job. You want to be in a place that will allow you to grow.