Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Internship

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Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor | eg245916@ohio.edu

Summer is approaching, and internships are lining up. The Ohio University j-school requires students to complete an internship as a graduation obligation. Whether it’s paid or unpaid, the internship process can be foreign and lonely. FANGLE is here to help with the top 5 ways to make that summer internship count.

Socialize

It’s important to communicate with your colleagues and editors. Although it can seem appealing to pop in the headphones and go to town on the to-do list, it’s beneficial to make friends with fellow interns and employees. By creating daily conversation, you foster relationships with the office and develop your accountability and leadership skills. If you’re of-age, go grab drinks with your editor or the other interns. If there’s a company outing, show up and mingle because it can only benefit you.

Ask questions

Asking questions is not a sign of weakness; it demonstrates that you are passionate to learn and grow from your mistakes. Don’t be ashamed of not knowing policy or formatting. Employers will appreciate your eagerness and willingness to absorb information and better yourself.

Pay attention to AP

Depending on the company, AP style is crucial to the format. Knowing AP might be required, so it’s a smart idea to familiarize yourself with it. You can download the style guide here. For example, numbers one through nine are spelled out, 10 and higher are generally written out numerically. Dates are communicated numerically. August through February are abbreviated when used with numbered dates, while March through July are never abbreviated. Months without dates are not abbreviated. Also, spell out states when standing alone and abbreviate them after a city except Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. AP is extremely different than MLA and understanding the basics can go a long way.

Network

An internship is an excellent opportunity to brand and promote yourself as a possible employee to your authority. Having an updated resume and clean-looking business cards are smart ideas. Also, taking a look and cleaning up your social media profiles could benefit you in the long run. Employers can and will predetermine your professionalism and accountability toward the job.

Get shit done

Especially if the internship is unpaid, it is easy to feel that the work is busy work or mindless labor. However, it is important to realize that the internship could amount to a paid internship or an entry-level job. Commit yourself as a steadfast and passionate employee and only produce work that you are proud of.

FANGLE understands that the #adulting is hard but utilizing these tips can make internships easy.

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