10 Tips for a Successful WISH D.C. Internship

By Patrick Slevin| May 14, 2019

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Successful WISH D.C. Internships change lives!  Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime?  As WISH prepares to welcome the new arrival of summer interns, we wanted to share with you and them, 10 Tips for a Successful WISH D.C. Internship: 

  1. TREAT YOUR INTERNSHIP LIKE A JOB INTERVIEW EVERY DAY

An internship is a time to learn from your employer and building that resume.  It is also a time to make those first impressions that can lead to a job!  As an intern, you are exploring and testing the waters to see if that job function or sector is what you want to do as a career.  It is also a time where employers are always evaluating interns as future employees.  This is where job offers come from!

  1. NETWORK. NETWORK. NETWORK.

While being skilled in your field is very important, who you know is also extremely valuable.  Ask co-workers for coffee or go to the after-work activities. People want to help you. WISH’s alumni network of more than 30,000 former interns offers an impressive and immediate boost to new interns.

  1. AN INTERNSHIP IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT.

Your internship experience is your responsibility.  If you need help, ask for it.  Your co-workers won’t think you’re not smart because of this.  An internship is a learning experience and that is part of it.  If you’re not asking questions or asking to be involved in different things, then you’re shortchanging yourself and your future chances for greater success.

  1. GET TO KNOW YOUR DEPARTMENT OUTSIDE OF YOUR JOB ROLE. ASK SOMEONE TO GET A COFFEE OR GRAB A LUNCH.

Sometimes it’s nice to discuss things besides work and who doesn’t love a nice coffee break?  Remember they know people in other departments or offices that may be able to help you.

  1. SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS EARLY.

Early is on time in the corporate world! On time is unremarkable.

  1. GET TO KNOW THE OTHER INTERNS.

Your fellow interns could potentially be the people you’re working within your industry in the future to get to know them now!  In this economy, it’s not who you know, but who knows YOU!

  1. STAY UP TO DATE WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE NEWS SURROUNDING YOUR COMPANY.

For example, if you see an interesting article that you think your co-workers could benefit from, send it to them! This shows that you value your company and your co-workers as well. Also, it shows you’re more than a 9 to 5 employee.

  1. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS OF WHAT YOU WANT TO LEARN THROUGHOUT YOUR INTERNSHIP.

It’s easy to lose track of things if you don’t have them written down. In addition, it has been psychologically proven that when you cross things off a list your mood is automatically boosted!

  1. IF YOU COMPLETE YOUR ASSIGNMENTS EARLY, ASK IF YOUR CO-WORKERS NEED HELP WITH SOME OF THEIRS.

Just sitting around on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. when you’re not busy makes it seem like you don’t value your time at your internship. Your co-workers will appreciate this, we promise!

  1. ASK FOR FEEDBACK REGULARLY.

You’ll never grow throughout the process unless you know what you need to improve on.

WISH BONUS TIP: GET A FEW REFERENCES BEFORE YOU LEAVE.

Even if you don’t want to work at that company in the future, a reference from anyone you worked closely with can be valuable when applying for future jobs.

WHO IS WISH?

Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) is considered the destination for the ultimate Washington D.C. internship experience. WISH believes internships change lives and the student interns at WISH not only learn about national policy but also about themselves.  Find out more at www.InternsDC.com

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