HELPFUL TIPS FOR INTERNS
Table of Contents   Audition for a Full-Time Position   Resumé Builder   Get to Know People   Understand Your Boss   ...
Audition for a Full-time Position Present yourself as someone seeking full-  time employment You never want to be anythi...
Resumé Builder An internship is a resumé builder and a way  to develop interview material Get a project that is tight an...
Get to Know People Get to know everybody, including past  interns, etc Be very specific when you ask them for  informati...
Understand Your Boss How does he/she like to communicate?   Does he/she prefer email or communicating in    person? Is ...
Early Wins Think about how can you make your boss  look good   Milestones and tasks Focus on early wins that you can ma...
Increase Your Visibility! Ask to attend a big meeting   Sometimes WHO in the room is more important than the    topic  ...
Evaluate Your Progress Have “check-in” meetings   Ask “what have I been doing well?”   Ask “what should I be doing diff...
Exit Interview Have some kind of exit interview(s)   Say thank you, wrap up   Look for seeds to plant for future opport...
Ask for a Reference It does not need to be written   A written reference is less powerful than if a company    you are a...
Questions? To find out more information and resources:   Continue browsing the Virtual Career Center   Visit the Feld C...
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Internship Tips

  1. 1. HELPFUL TIPS FOR INTERNS
  2. 2. Table of Contents Audition for a Full-Time Position Resumé Builder Get to Know People Understand Your Boss Early Wins Increase Your Visibility! Evaluate Your Progress Exit Interview Ask for a Reference Questions?
  3. 3. Audition for a Full-time Position Present yourself as someone seeking full- time employment You never want to be anything but pleasant to work with
  4. 4. Resumé Builder An internship is a resumé builder and a way to develop interview material Get a project that is tight and results oriented Take ownership of the project
  5. 5. Get to Know People Get to know everybody, including past interns, etc Be very specific when you ask them for information Find people to have lunch with  Get to know them personally (probably more towards the end of your internship) Ask your manager, “Who should I get to know?”
  6. 6. Understand Your Boss How does he/she like to communicate?  Does he/she prefer email or communicating in person? Is he/she more visual? Does he/she like to get information and then think about it?
  7. 7. Early Wins Think about how can you make your boss look good  Milestones and tasks Focus on early wins that you can market (but not too much) When you meet senior people  Be prepared to give a quick summary of your projects  If applicable, offer your hypothesis for solving a problem you’ve been dealing with
  8. 8. Increase Your Visibility! Ask to attend a big meeting  Sometimes WHO in the room is more important than the topic  Be conscious of whether or not you should speak  Were you doing work on the topic?  If in doubt, check with your supervisor ahead of time Go above and beyond the job responsibility  If you think it adds value and is something you can be known for  Be careful—make sure it will NOT change their opinion of you in undesirable ways  Ex. If you are in marketing, don’t be doing hard core IT work
  9. 9. Evaluate Your Progress Have “check-in” meetings  Ask “what have I been doing well?”  Ask “what should I be doing differently?”  Be open to feedback! After that, set goals  What will you work on next?  What do you need from your boss to make it happen? Journal your accomplishments Update your resumé along the way
  10. 10. Exit Interview Have some kind of exit interview(s)  Say thank you, wrap up  Look for seeds to plant for future opportunities If the company does not have a formal process  Write up a summary of what you have worked on and get their feedback  Ask if they can provide you with an introduction to someone or a group you want to meet or learn about
  11. 11. Ask for a Reference It does not need to be written  A written reference is less powerful than if a company you are applying to can call your former manager Ask your boss “Would you be comfortable being called as a reference?
  12. 12. Questions? To find out more information and resources:  Continue browsing the Virtual Career Center  Visit the Feld Career Center and consult with one of our counselors!  Our office is located on the first floor, left of the stairs in the far left corner.  Email us at: careers@bu.edu  Office Hours  Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM

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