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Preparing for Your Internship

Getting Ready for Your First Day

Starting an internship can be both exciting and a little scary for anyone. Consider the following points to create a smooth and educational experience:

  • Transportation: check your commute route and parking options
  • Lunch: identify the lunch options
  • Attire: ask about professional attire
  • Timing: clarify when to arrive
  • Equipment: inquire about any items you may need to bring such as a laptop

The First Week at Your Internship or Research Experience

Here are some tips to help you navigate your first week:
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Arrive Early

Punctuality is key during your internship. Arrive a few minutes early every day to demonstrate your reliability and commitment.
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Dress Appropriately

Make sure you understand the dress code and adhere to it. When in doubt, it's better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.
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Talk with your supervisor about their preferred way to communicate such as email, text, face-to-face. Do you have regular meetings to ask for feedback on your work and to clarify directions and prioritize?

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Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you're unsure about something. It's better to seek clarification than to make assumptions and potentially make mistakes.
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Listen and Observe

Pay attention to how things are done in the workplace. Observe your colleagues and learn from their actions and behaviors. Is it acceptable to wear earbuds while working, have your phone with you in meetings? Look for signs of inclusivity, such as respectful communication, collaboration among diverse teams, and opportunities for employees to share their perspectives and ideas without fear of judgment.
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Take Initiative

Don't wait for tasks to be handed to you. If you see an opportunity to contribute or take on a new project, don't hesitate to speak up.
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Take the time to introduce yourself to your colleagues and build relationships. Networking can be invaluable for your future career.
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Be Flexible

Internships often involve a variety of tasks and projects. Be prepared to adapt to changing priorities and take on new challenges.
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Take Notes

Whether it's during meetings, training sessions, or while working on tasks, taking notes can help you remember important information and stay organized.
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Send Feedback

Actively seek feedback on your work and performance. Use it as an opportunity for growth and improvement.

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Stay Positive

Remember that everyone starts somewhere, and it's okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Stay positive and approach each day with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

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