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Transcript of Intern 101
Open to feedback
Expectations of the Intern
Tips for Success
What will be expected of YOU?
Support & guidance
Resources to do your job
Interns who are proactive are going to be seen as professionals and self-starters at their internship.
So, what does that mean exactly?
Provide feedback &
open to feedback
What are some of your internship expectations?
Build your network
Play a real role within the organization
Learn from your mistakes
Gain responsibility progressively
Real experience in your field
Experience something different from your peers
Develop your work preferences
Transitioning from student to professional
A style of behavior
Tips for Effective
"A process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior."
Model people around you who communicate effectively
Do what you say
you're going to do
Do it in a reasonable
amount of time
Do it well
"Chain of Command"
Understand there may be a person you need to consult with before you take an action that will effect the organization.
Your preferences might be different from your supervisor or coworkers.
Stay focused on the present during meetings, conferences, and conversations.
Distractions are everywhere!
Did you know
55% Body language
It's important to
pay attention to your:
...in addition to the words you say.
Reflect for understanding
Talk about it
Allows for follow-up
Builds collegial relationships
NO ALL CAPS!
no all small caps
Dnt wrte n txt msg 4mat
Revise and use spell check
Use social media
Considerations for email
Avoid "the resume"
it's a fine line between tacky and professional
Used from the presentation "Professionalism: What's that?" by Andrew Crain
Have a neat/clean appearance
Clothes without wrinkles, neat and clean hair, tasteful makeup, etc.
Perfume/cologne/body spray: a small amount will do
Wear comfortable and situation appropriate shoes
Keep accessories simple and tasteful
is less about the
and more about what your appearance
says about you.
Task or project clarification
Career or task advice
Questions about the organization
Show enthusiasm for what you are learning
Be a sponge!
Brainstorm ways you
can learn more:
Sit in on a meeting
Attend a professional conference or event
Take on an extra project
Social media publicity
Create educational or promotional materials
Find a mentor
Navigate decision-making and professional behavior
Model communication skills
Advise you in problem-solving.
A mentor can help you:
A thank you note is appropriate
Verbal thank you
Gift or lunch
Take the time to thank people who influenced you
They’ll thank you, too!
(if you think it’s appropriate)
Keep In Touch
Contacts may be able to assist you (and vice versa)
Your supervisor and others will appreciate your continued interest
Don't be afraid to send a quick email or pick up the phone
Update people on your latest professional endeavors
You are responsible for your own internship success.
When a person is assertive, s/he states needs or wishes clearly and communicates respect for self and the other person.
sometimes leads to
What can you expect from your supervisor?
A style of communication
7% words we say
38% Tone of voice
This usually means...suit up!
Skirt suit, pantsuit, or dress and professional blazer in conservative colors
A splash of color is appropriate (whether it's in a blouse or accessory)
Flats OR heels are appropriate- no open toed
Suit in a conservative color
White or other matching color shirt
Wear a tie
While business professional attire is straightforward, business casual tends to be more flexible (and confusing).
Slacks, skirt, or dress of appropriate length
More color than business professional
Heels, boots, flats, and some open-toed footwear are appropriate
Moderation in all things!
Purse, jewelry, accessories can be bigger & brighter
Slacks or khakis
Button-down shirt or polo
Loafers/dress shoes are appropriate
With or without a sports coat
Pullover sweater or sweater vests are also an option
When in doubt, ask your supervisor!
Use a subject line
Standard font & color
BCC multiple recipients
Attach documents &double check!
Cover internship expectations with your supervisor
in the beginning