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How To Make the Most Out of Your Internship<br />PRSSA Mini Conference<br />April 16, 2011<br />
So You Got the Internship!<br />Now What?<br />
Sadly it’s true.<br />The more you put into your internship, the more you’ll get out of it.<br />So work hard – if you do ...
Network from Day 1<br />Get around, it’s not just about your boss.<br />Get involved and get social.<br />If you’re not on...
Ask Not What your Company Can Do for You<br />Show a little gumption. Be proactive.<br />Don’t just wait for assignments. ...
Conversely, Ask What your Company Can Do for You<br />Do NOT be afraid to ask questions.<br />Asking questions makes you l...
You’d Better Work (on Your Portfolio)<br />It’s not just about experience, it’s about a “paper trail” of experience.<br />...
Lacking Focus?<br />Look, it’s not unusual to not know what the heck you want out of life. <br />Dirty Little Secret: Most...
Ask and You Shall Receive (if you ask for what you want)<br />Be sure to ask for recommendations/letters of reference WELL...
Don’t be THAT Intern<br />Arrive on time.<br />Don’t take sick days that are really “beach days.”<br />If you simply MUST,...
Speaking of Social…<br />Be smart.<br />If you’re on Facebook, create a separate list for coworkers.<br />Make sure your p...
So that’s the Skinny<br />Any questions?<br />
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Getting an internship is half the battle - making the most out of that internship is where you win the war. Follow these tips to make the most out of any internships - go get 'em tiger!

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  1. 1. How To Make the Most Out of Your Internship<br />PRSSA Mini Conference<br />April 16, 2011<br />
  2. 2. So You Got the Internship!<br />Now What?<br />
  3. 3. Sadly it’s true.<br />The more you put into your internship, the more you’ll get out of it.<br />So work hard – if you do it right, your internship experience will be more valuable than half the classes you’ll be forced to take in school.<br />Bring fresh ideas to the table.<br />You may be inexperienced, but your youthful outlook is a plus, not a minus<br />
  4. 4. Network from Day 1<br />Get around, it’s not just about your boss.<br />Get involved and get social.<br />If you’re not on LinkedIn, get on LinkedIn.<br />Ask for recommendations!<br />Dig into connections, who knows whom?<br />Get to know the people who know people you want to know. (It’s like that Kevin Bacon movie, but actually interesting and not silly.)<br />Get “parting gifts” – aka business cards<br />
  5. 5. Ask Not What your Company Can Do for You<br />Show a little gumption. Be proactive.<br />Don’t just wait for assignments. Dig around and find assignments you think will be rewarding or interesting and ask to get involved.<br />Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone.<br />The more experience you have in different areas, the better. Your resume will thank you!<br />Never underestimate the power of volunteering.<br />
  6. 6. Conversely, Ask What your Company Can Do for You<br />Do NOT be afraid to ask questions.<br />Asking questions makes you look smart<br />Asking questions makes you seem engaged<br />Asking questions leads to stronger work<br />Asking questions gives you face time with others<br />Make sure you’re meeting with your boss on a regular basis. If you’re not, ask to set up time.<br />Know what your duties are; ask for them on paper.<br />
  7. 7. You’d Better Work (on Your Portfolio)<br />It’s not just about experience, it’s about a “paper trail” of experience.<br />The proof is in the pudding, so dig in!<br />Hunt for “meaty” projects<br />Go after projects that reflect your ambitions<br />Don’t leave empty handed!<br />Keep a record of all your finished work<br />Get access to that color printer – but ask for permission!<br />
  8. 8. Lacking Focus?<br />Look, it’s not unusual to not know what the heck you want out of life. <br />Dirty Little Secret: Most of us are STILL looking<br />Think of your internship as a career buffet!<br />Sample a little bit of everything<br />Discover what you like and what’s not to your taste<br />Do more of what you like, less of what you don’t<br />When you do what you like, your work will be stronger<br />
  9. 9. Ask and You Shall Receive (if you ask for what you want)<br />Be sure to ask for recommendations/letters of reference WELL BEFORE your internship winds down. People get busy. They also forget!<br />In the market for another internship?<br />If you like your current gig, see if they’ll take you back<br />They won’t have to train “fresh meat”<br />If you want to mix it up, see if your boss will recommend you to another company<br />If you’re good, you’ll be in demand<br />
  10. 10. Don’t be THAT Intern<br />Arrive on time.<br />Don’t take sick days that are really “beach days.”<br />If you simply MUST, don’t miss a big meeting day<br />If you are sick or will be late – call your boss.<br />Dress for success.<br />Be professional but socially engaging.<br />Yes, they’re reading your tweets even if nobody else is<br />
  11. 11. Speaking of Social…<br />Be smart.<br />If you’re on Facebook, create a separate list for coworkers.<br />Make sure your privacy settings are set to “kill”<br />Legally you are supposed to disclose if you’re tweeting or posting about a client/business, so it’s best just to avoid it.<br />If in doubt, DON’T.<br />
  12. 12. So that’s the Skinny<br />Any questions?<br />
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