How Students Can Make the Most out of an Internship

Internships have become a must-have on any college student’s resume. Whether paid or unpaid, a student can learn more as an intern than in a classroom. As the difficult job search continues for many recent college grads, internships are now considered a steppingstone to full-time employment.

Here is a list of a few things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your internship experience:


  • Set personal goals and objectives before starting your internship
  • Research the company before your first day
  • Pay attention to office culture and dress code
  • Dress for success
  • Treat the internship like a real job and take your work seriously
  • Stay focused and positive
  • Have regular meetings with your supervisor
  • Find a mentor and ask for feedback and advice
  • Take initiative
  • Ask questions
  • Volunteer for extra assignments
  • Network with co-workers (inside and outside the office)
  • Keep track of your accomplishments for your resume/portfolio and future applications
  • Be enthusiastic and involved
  • Show that you pay attention to detail, follow instructions, finish work on time, and care about the quality of your work
  • Never procrastinate
  • Don’t hover
  • Follow through is key
  • Say “thank you”

Finally, have fun with your internship. It’s great experience and will prove its value in the long run.