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7 Things Interns Should Do Their First Two Weeks

7 Things Interns Should Do Their First Two Weeks

From setting a meeting with HR to introducing yourself to everyone, here are 7 things you should do the first two weeks of your internship;

Congratulations, you made it through another year of school — or have recently graduated — and are about to begin your summer internship. After tweaking your resume, sending out cover letters and going through rounds of interviews, you can finally relax, right? Well, depends. If your goal is to secure a full-time position at the company, or receive a recommendation for future job opportunities, the first two weeks of interning can determine your potential for success. Chalk it up to a little thing called first impressions. So while your intern peers are still finding the restrooms and networking solely among themselves, take this window of opportunity to stand out by building relationships, identifying opportunities and creating solutions, and yes, brushing up on your Microsoft Office Suite skills.

Introduce yourself to everyone in your department.

Your manager will introduce you to the core team, but take the first couple of days to broaden your hellos to the wider department. If you’ve been introduced to your entire department, introduce yourself to the people on your floor and learn their roles. Bonus points if you strike up conversations across departments. Building these connections early will not only raise your profile, but also increases the likelihood of identifying mentors, receiving feedback on your growth, and gaining insight on the needs of the company. “Take advantage of the fact that everyone is really open to talking to the interns. Set up one-on-one meetings with as many people as you can while you’re here and keep in touch,”

Start the conversation with human resources now.

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