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.


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!


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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