Internships – Caffeine for your Career

The Coffee: For those of you pondering interning is just for wannabes, you are sadly mistaken. I completed two six-month internships, and I am now on my third. I do not even own a degree yet.

So what are the benefits of being presumably ignored by upper management, driving around the city in the company car, or fetching the food for a client meeting? Here are a handful of tips.

  1. Networking. Networking. Networking. Use LinkedIn, obtain letters of rec, make friends. More often than not, when I go on an interview I find the hirer asking more about who I know from here or there. Trust me, it will help you in the end when you try to land the BIG job.
  2. Learn miscellaneous talents. College most certainly does not teach you much (except how many shots it takes before you fall on the bar floor). I find I learn the most while working, following my colleagues, and taking notes. You would be surprised how much your boss dishes to little naive you!
  3. Decide a career. Well obviously. But seriously, if you hate your internship, you probably should not do it as a living.
  4. Patience. One of the most important things I learn is how to wait. You will have slow days. If you ask for work, it will come.
  5. Smile. Yes, it is true. A smile and positive attitude can really get you places. They’ll exclaim  “Oh that intern, she looks like she is having fun!”

The Cream and Sugar: How do people think of these things! This is something I only dream about!

I am talking about these sweet potato cinnamon rolls from one of my favorite food bloggers, So Good and Tasty. Literally my two favorite food splurges are sweet potato fries or anything with cinnamon. Thanks for making me wish I was anywhere but this darn cubicle.



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