By Bailey Klingaman – Digital Editor
At Lasell, at least one internship is required to graduate. Here are some pieces of advice to keep in mind when you search for an internship.
Build relationships with your supervisors and coworkers.
You never know who you might be working with, so building meaningful relationships with coworkers can make your future job a lot easier. Coworkers and supervisors can also give great recommendations for future internships or jobs, and build your professional network. Having positive relationships with the people you work with is always a good idea, especially when it can help you land your first job.
Try to complete as many internships as you can.
Plan on completing as many internships as possible before you graduate. Not only will this help you narrow down your interests and gain experience, but it looks great on job applications and helps you build your professional network.
You are never too young to start applying.
The earlier you start applying, the more interview experience you get and the more likely you are to complete multiple internships before you graduate.
Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t selected for an interview, or if your application gets rejected.
Beginning the search is just as important as getting the job. You can learn from an interview that goes great, but you can also learn from an interview that doesn’t. Getting experience interviewing and applying will help you in the long run.
Find an internship that incorporates your passions.
If you enjoy helping people or interacting with customers or clients, try a service-related internship. Your internship shouldn’t just be about learning the industry, but also about learning what you want from it and what your next steps after college can be.
Use the resources available to you.
Asking your supervisor or coworkers for guidance on a project is nothing to be ashamed of. If you need help or more information, reach out and let them know that you want to produce the best work possible, and have a few questions.
Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.
Making mistakes is part of the process and your internship is meant to help you. It is normal to be nervous about a new experience, but don’t let that hold you back from accomplishing your goals.