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Don't make these six mistakes during your internship this summer

You’ll want to avoid making any of these mistakes.

So, you've landed a fantastic internship this year. Summer is the optimum time to get some work experience before you start the next academic year. You've been scouring for opportunities and braved the gruelling interviews but now you've made it. Now it's your chance to make the most out of the opportunity that you've been given.

Not sure what to do or how to leave a lasting impression?  Have a read of these six tips to find out.

Confidence is key

Interns are chosen for their potential, not perfection. As you start your internship remember that you are still a novice in this field. As you navigate your first few days, show your confidence by asking questions, using your initiative and searching for critique with every task given.

Don't be afraid to ask questions

I get it. You're the intern. You're a small fish in a considerably large pond. It's natural and most likely expected that you will feel nervous about asking about anything. Try and remember that your motivation for targeting this opportunity was to gain knowledge about your career of choice. Of course, there will we things you don't know or understand so don't be afraid to ask questions. Showing that you are eager to attain an understanding of your environment and the workplace will be a great incentive for others to open and share valuable insight and experiences. Don't let mistakes or failures keep you from speaking out and communicating.

Challenge yourself

Introvert, extrovert, ambivert - your personality shouldn't determine how much you gain from such a great experience. If you're feeling too comfortable during your internship, my guess is that you're not getting the absolute most out of it. Take charge of your social surroundings and challenge yourself to network and build relationships.

Maximise idle time
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So it's that solemn time of day where there happens to be a still silence in the office, workers are hunched over computer screens engrossed in the flurry of the day's workload. It looks like you're almost in the way but you find yourself feeling a little bored and counting the hours until you're on the bus heading home.

Ask yourself, what can I learn while I have some "free time" on my hands? Perhaps find an employee that's working and politely ask if you can observe as they work or ask if you could help? Use your internship as a way to grow your skills. Would you consider yourself as a confident speaker? Test that skill out and approach people and ask about their experiences. What information can you learn from others?

Utilise your internship as a means to answer a question about your future

There is absolutely no one I know who would be eager and willing to enter a job without some form of payment. With the exception of thousands upon thousands of university students each year who diligently search for some work experience because of how necessary it is in the current employment climate. So with that being said, be a little ruthless and aim to maximise every minute your internship squeezes out of your precious summer time.

Make the most of it

Come into your internship with set goals and a positive mindset. We've all heard the horror stories about summer interns sequestered in a corner or waiting for beck and call for the next umpteenth coffee run. The Devil Wear Prada is a somewhat hyperbolic but realistic example of how many interns trudge through work experience.

My advice is, don't just do the work and then at the end of the internship and say "I wish I did more of this or that". Come into your internship with a goal and remind yourself to touch base with these goals with your internship coordinator. This is the perfect way to highlight to your mentor to cater your workload to specific tasks that you help enable you to progress in the career path you're personally invested and interested in.