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Intern Diaries: Getting through the Learning Curve

As interns, we are placed in an interesting position; we want to make a good impression, but only have a short amount of time to do it. Often, we are given a project that is to be completed by the end of the internship and smaller tasks that are to be completed daily. It’s all good until you come across a problem that you don’t know how to solve or get feedback that what you worked on wasn’t up to par. I admit that I have been struggling with the latter. How do I learn everything that people who have been with the company for years know, in just a couple of weeks?

mY Struggle

I have been given daily tasks and because I don’t know the client as well as my team, it’s not as easy for me to make certain connections. However, instead of getting frustrated and letting my lack of knowledge affect my work ethic. After all, companies are looking for interns who can overcome that learning curve and go above and beyond in the position. But how do we do that?

wHAT TO DO

  • Look for patterns: If you’re in a client-facing industry, pay attention to the way the client likes things done. Some people prefer email, some prefer phone calls. What does your team typically do for them and how do they do it? If you’re not in a client-facing industry, pay attention to the way your company operates. Are there certain days of the week when things happen? For example, do company-wide meetings happen on Thursdays? Use Wednesday to write some preliminary notes so you know what’s going on.
  • Ask questions: I admit that I hate bothering people by asking questions, but it is always better to get clarification before you assume to do something. Once you start to get more comfortable, then feel free to make strategic decisions.
  • Be proactive: Once you learn those patterns and have asked for any clarification that you need, start being proactive. Don’t wait for them to ask you to do something if you already know they are going to ask for it.

How are your internships going so far? Let me know on twitter and Instagram by tagging me (@tiatamjam)!

 

Internship Diaries: How to Successfully Start Your Internship

Intern Diaries-Week One- How to Start Your internship Successfully

Summertime means internships for some people, and internships are crucial because it allows you to get to know the company and for the company to get to know you. Though many of us think of internships as resume builders in our quest to getting a full-time job, internships are great learning experiences. This summer I am interning at a content marketing agency, and I decided to share what I learned each week about content marketing, company culture, and overall tips to succeed in your internship. If you are just starting a job, this will be helpful as well because many jobs adopt the 90 day probation period before they hire you full time, so it’s best to make the most of that experience as well.

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Internship Diary

I created this internship diary for you to follow along with me and keep track of your success and progress at your internship, but only members of my email list can download it. If you aren’t already subscribed, you can do so below!

NOW, ON TO MY WEEKLY RECAP

What you need to bring on your first day:

  • social security card and ID: this will put you in the company’s system and allow you to get paid!
  • notepad and pen: if you are bad at remembering names, writing them down with a way to remember the person was my lifesaver
  • snacks: depending on the company, they make take you out to lunch on your first day, but bring snacks in case they don’t
  • knowledge of the CEO/President of the company: at the very least know what they look like so if you run into them, you will be prepared
  • tax info: if you haven’t done this before your first day, the company may have you complete your employee eligibility forms, and you’ll need your tax info

What I learned during my first week:

  • ask as many questions as possible: it is better to ask before you make a mistake that you may not be able to recover from
  • content marketing is becoming increasingly popular as a way to gain thought leadership and connect with your audience
  • three (main) types of company culture:
    • team: employee happiness is the top priority, everyone works for common goal,
    • horizontal (startup): collaboration is key, everyone pitches in, no set hierarchy
    • traditional: set roles and departments, more of a professional dresscode, CEO makes major decisions

 

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Where do I find internships?

WHERE DO I FIND INTERNSHIPS-

Now that it’s officially internship season, the first step is to actually find internship listings. These are a few of my favorite places to find internships:

Chegg: Not just for books, they also feature career advice

InternMatch:They’ve partnered with Looksharp to provide internship listings

InternQueen: I had the chance to meet Lauren (the Intern Queen) and she had great advice, so her website is great as well. She comes to college campuses to speak so if she comes to yours, definitely attend.

LinkedIn: Most people don’t know that LinkedIn has a job listing portion on their website. You can search by keyword and city, and you’ll also be able to see if any of your connections have worked there or if you have a second or third connection to someone who works there.

Social Media: There are a lot of opportunities out there on social media, I found my first internship through a company posting on Facebook. Do a twitter or instagram search on #internships and something will come up. Or, if there is someone you want to work for in particular, follow them on social media and when the time is right, reach out to them regarding a work position or volunteer.

I’ve created this handout for you to keep all of your internships organized + I curated a list of major internship programs by industry so if you want access to both of these for FREE, just drop your email below and I’ll send it directly to your inbox.

Don’t forget to tell a friend! As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment, find me on social media, or shoot me an email.

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How to Create Your Own Internship

  Internships provide great experience whether we like them or not. The greatest benefit is that you get to meet people in the industry and network with them. But what happens if the company you really want to work for does not offer any internship programs? Or what if you live in a city where there aren’t many opportunities? Here’s some help:

Company Doesn’t Offer Internship Program

Sometimes if your dream company doesn’t offer an internship program, you have to present it to them. What I mean is that you should gather all information and pitch it to them. To do this you should:

1. Go on the website and learn about the company

2. Determine which areas you would like to assist in

3. Craft a pitch explaining who you are and what your experience is. Use this to persuade them as to why they should open a position for you. Mention things like why you want to work for the company, what sets you apart and what the logistics of the position would be.

You Don’t Live in an Area with Many Opportunities

The internet has opened so many doors for those who don’t live in major cities. Many companies offer virtual internships so you can do all of your work at home and still be able to add experience to your resume. To find a virtual internship, you can use a search engine, internship search websites like internships.com or social media.

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Interview prep list

Hello everyone!

Happy belated Thanksgiving! We had a week off from school, so I took the time to make some DIY Christmas decorations, do homework, and make this handy checklist for you all. If you are preparing for an interview and don’t know where to begin then this is perfect for you. Or if you have had interviews in the past but you always get nervous and need something to help you mentally prepare then this is perfect for you also. I divided it into categories so that you aren’t overwhelmed looking at a huge list of tasks. Also if you have any questions or need me to clarify, shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

 Interview Prep Checklist

Internship Series Part 5: The Interview and Follow Up

Congratulations! We’ve made to the end of my internship series! If you’re just joining us and missed the previous posts click here for part 1, here for part 2, here for part 3, and here for part 4. If you’ve made it this far in your application process this means that the employer thought highly of your application, so the interview is where you get to show them who you are as a person and why you would be a good fit for the job. So in this post I am going to share how to prepare for the interview, questions to look out for (and how to answer them), and what to do after the interview. Keep reading for more!

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Internship Series Step 3: Mastering the Cover Letter

EVERYTHING cover letter

Welcome to part 3 of my internship series! If you missed part 1, click here and if you missed part 2, click here.

Now that we’ve discussed where to look for internships, and mistakes to avoid when filling out your application, it’s time to talk about the highly anticipated cover letter (I was going to include resume tips in this post but that would be way too much information thrown at you at once, so I decided to split them up. Be looking out for that post soon)! Keep reading for more

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Internship series part 4: Mastering the Resume

EVERYTHING

Welcome to part 4 of my internship series! We’ve already covered where to look for internships, how to fill out your job application, and mastering the cover letter, so if you missed any of those, feel free to click the links to read them.

If you’ve never seen or written a resume before there are a few things you want to keep in mind:

  • it should be one page
  • it should contain your name, contact information, education, work experience, and, if applicable, skills and awards
  • it should be free of grammatical errors

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Internship Series Step 2: Filling out the application

Welcome to part 2 of my internship series. If you didn’t know, I’m doing a series on applying for internships and if you missed part one, you can read it here

Today we will focus on filling out the application. I know it seems pretty straight forward, but some applications can be tricky to fill out, so I’m going to discuss some common application mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Spelling errors

I cannot express how important it is to make sure you proofread your application, and then have someone else to look for anything you might have missed. Having errors on an application says that you don’t pay attention to detail, and that you didn’t put enough effort in to correct your mistakes. If you don’t pay attention to detail on your application, the company might think you may make some careless mistakes on the job and not correct them.

2. Leaving things blank

If something does not apply to you on an application, don’t leave it blank. Instead type N/A. For example, in the previous work experience section ,I listed I job that I am currently working at so in the “reason why you left this position” section, I would either put n/a or “still at this position”.

3. Not having a professional email address.

I don’t think I should have to say this, but for those of you who don’t know, make sure you use a professional email address. This could be your school email address if you are in college, or an email address with your first and last name in it. An example is johnsmith@email.com or janedoe@university.edu opposed to beyoncefan2000@email.com

4. Not following the instructions

This shows the employer that you can’t follow directions and that makes you less desirable. This is especially important if you have to write an essay or do a short answer portion, because it could ruin your entire essay if you read the question wrong. Do yourself a favor and make sure you understand all the questions before you answer them.

5. Exaggerating your experiences

This is a very tragic mistake. The application asks for your supervisor’s information in order to do an employment verification, and if you said you worked at Hearst Magazines, but you really only worked for your school’s newspaper, this makes you a liar. No one wants to hire a liar. The same goes for your job description, while you want to explain what your job duties were in the best way, you don’t want to say you did something that you didn’t.

Did these tips help? What other tips do you have for filling out your job application? And, as always, if you have any questions go to the contact me tab and shoot me a message.

-Tia

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