Hello fellow interns! I am Danielle, part of the Hip team and I have been an intern here for two months now. I have learned a tremendous amount of knowledge, starting from how to create a press release to how to conduct myself in an office environment. Everything that I have experienced has made me more prepared and educated for the work force.
Here is what I think the 5 most important things to remember as an intern are…
Be on time. Being on time shows you care and are responsible. Never underestimate meeting the basic job needs. This is one quality that every boss looks for in their employees.
Dress to Impress. Always wear clothes that will make a statement. Depending on your company’s dress code, you need to abide by the rules. You are a representation of the company you work for, so keep it classy! My general rule of thumb is, if your grandma would not okay your outfit, then you most likely should not be wearing it to your internship!
Have a notebook and pen on hand. Always make sure you have a notebook and pen with you at all times. It is important to record anything that is said during meetings or tasks you are given. This makes you look responsible and will help you stay organized, not to mention on top of your game!
Stay on top of social media and news. Know what is going on in the world. The more you are aware of, the smarter you come across. The latest gossip or world information can help you when you are dealing with clients, events, or pitches. Also, social media has gotten to be such an impact in our lives and knowing how to use it can only help you in the long run.
A charged cell phone and GPS. Depending on your internship, you may be asked to attend events outside of the office. Having your cell phone ready to be used and a GPS that will get you from A to B is something that will benefit you. Don’t use your phone during office hours, but understand that if you travel, you should have a fully charged phone in case of any questions or if there is an emergency.
Hey everyone its Danielle! Today I am going to tell you about the importance of organization at your internship. When in the office, we have a bunch of responsibilities that need to be accomplished. Without organization, it can get difficult to remember the who, what, and where of every task! To help prioritize and stay on top of everything, you need to practice individual and team type organization at all times during the job.
Individual organization is up to you. Digital or hand written, lists or schedules, note pads or sticky notes; there are so many different ways to keep yourself organized. It is important to find a system that works for you, even if no one else in the office understands it. When I am in the office I like to keep short hand written lists in my note pad of what needs to be accomplished for the day/week, making sure to date every page. Throughout the day, I highlight what I have accomplished by writing small notes on the side incase I need to remember specific information about the task. Key symbols like stars and colorful dots can be used to mark the most time-sensitive tasks from the least. At the end of the day I start a new page for what I did not finish, so for the following day I know what I have to get done before starting everything else. If you haven’t already, you should start keeping a calendar so that you can mark special events with your company or just keep track of your work schedule.
Team organization is also vital to the success of a company. When you first get to your internship, there is most likely a system already set in place. It is your job to understand and comply with the system that your company has established. At The Hip Event, teamwork is vital for interns because we do not come in every single day. On the days we are not in the office, we want to make sure all of our files are easily accessible for our coworkers. To stay organized as a team, we make sure to date everything and save our work in the proper folders/files marked with the appropriate labels.
Organization is an essential skill that you will have to use at your internship and throughout life. Individual and team organization skills help keep everything running smoothly, so start thinking of your own personal system and learn about your company’s, as well!