After preparing your resume, going through some intimidating interviews and waiting anxiously to hear back, you finally got the internship you’ve been dreaming of. So now what? Well, now you’ve got to prepare to enter the working world, if only in a small way, of your college major. There are a lot of ways that you can help prepare yourself to work in office life and be as professional as possible, all while still maintaining your youthful zeal and enthusiasm for the work, of course. Here are some tips and advice to help you do the work before the work when it comes to internships.
Learn about office etiquette. There are certain rules about how to act in the office. While you’ll likely know the basics intrinsically, through simple common sense, learn all you can about office culture just to be prepared. If you’ve never worked in an office before, there may be some gaps in your knowledge that a little reading can help to fill in.
Find out more about the company with whom you’ll be working. Before your internship begins is the best time to learn what your job will entail and just what it is the company you’ll be working for actually does. The more you know, the easier it will be to be awesome at your job.
Make arrangements for anything you’ll need. If you’re taking an internship in a different location from where you live or go to college, then you’ll need to make arrangements for lodging and transportation. Do this as early as possible. Waiting until the last minute can leave you stranded or without a place to call home.
Find professional attire. If your work appropriate wardrobe is limited, now’s the time to expand it and add some nice items to your closet. Get a few great work shirts, nice shoes and basics that can be worn several different ways so that you’ll always be looking your best without spending a fortune.
Know what paperwork you’ll need. When starting a job, even an internship, you might need to fill out some paperwork. Make sure you have all the information you need before arriving at work so you won’t have to phone parents or guardians multiple times to get it.
Getting your first internship can be scary, but it can also be an amazing experience that you’ll think back on with pride for years to come. Make sure you are prepped and ready to make this summer the best, most educational and fulfilling of your life.