As of this past Monday, I have been a Social Media Intern for Gossip Genie for two weeks! Basically, I’m already an expert on all things social media and Genie-related. Just kidding — I am definitely no expert yet; however, through my internship at Gossip Genie, I’m on the right path!
Internships are a great resource to gain relevant work experience and develop upon any existing skill-sets you may have. Below, I’ve compiled a list of important tips and tricks to keep in mind if you’re either in the process of looking for an internship or about to start your first.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
I can’t stress this one enough. You’re at your internship to learn and grow in your chosen field and your employer (should) be more than happy to teach you! If you’re unsure of how to complete an assignment, or even just where the bathroom is, don’t be afraid to ask! Your employer would much rather take the 5 minutes to explain something to you than take even more time later on to have you redo the task.
2. Be an eager beaver!
Coupled with asking questions, always ask for new assignments! One of the most important skill-sets you should be developing upon during your internship is taking initiative. If you ever have a free moment at work, ask for something new to work on! Not only will this impress your employer, but it will help you make the most of your time as an intern.
3. Social Media, Social Media, Social Media!
As a Social Media Intern, it’s only fitting that one of my tips had something to do with social media. This tip is especially important to keep in mind if you’re in the process of searching for a new internship or job. According to this article, 55% of job recruiters have reconsidered an applicant based on things they found on his or her social media pages. Some recruiters are picky enough to turn down applicants due to a few grammar errors on social media. Just keep in mind how you’re presenting yourself to the world and future employers on social media!