It’s that time of year again.
Another school year is coming to a close, and your summer internship is right around the corner. It’s going to be a snore, right? Wrong!
It‘s could to be the most epic time of your life.
Though interns are often stereotyped as going on coffee runs and making copies for most of the summer, that‘s obviously not true for most internships.
Even you do spend a lot of time at Starbucks, there plenty of other things to take advantage of outside of the job.
So, be optimistic and follow these five little pieces advice:
Leave work… at work
There is nothing worse than showing up the first day of an internship and forgetting paperwork you needed or a notebook to take notes in.
Your boss will be impressed if you have a binder with all of your paperwork, evaluation sheets and a notebook with things they would like you to do.
At the end of the work day use the notebook to make a list of things your boss needs you to do tomorrow, then shut the notebook and FORGET about work.
You should enjoy the city in which you are interning as much as you can. The first step to enjoying yourself is leaving work at wokr — even in you may not be used to that.
Make a list of to do’s
No matter where you go (and especially if you go to a big city) there will be lots things you want to see and do.
You will want to try different restaurants, take a weekend and travel or see some historical sites. No matter what, there will be a million things to do.
So, make a list and post it on your wall. Make it a game to cross as many things off your list over the summer and have your new roommates help you. If nothing else, it could be a fun bonding experience with your new friends.
Map it out with a real map
Yeah, this may sound stupid, but go by AAA or a travel agent’s office and get maps and travel books of where you will be interning and living.
Even though most of us have apps on our phone, it’s fun to take out a hard copy of a map and star where you’ll be living, where your internship is and some of the stuff you would like to visit over the summer.
A map will give you an idea of how far you are from things before you get into town while giving you new ideas about sites to visit. Even if you do not end up using your map, it’ll make a sweet souvenir or wall decor.
When in Rome, right?
If you’re interning in DC, have lunch near the Lincoln Memorial or take a weekend to visit Gettysburg.
Go to Disneyland if you’re in Los Angles or visit the Empire State Building if you’re in New York.
No matter where you go, there is always something historic and well-known. You’ll even find historical sites in the tiniest of cities.
Even if that something is seeing the world’s largest pumpkin or a toad-hopping contest go and enjoy it.
Girls probably take more pictures than boys, but no matter if you’re male or female take lots of pictures.
Even though you think you might be back working in your internship city after graduation, plans change. Even if you’re visiting something without your friends along, make the most of it and have someone passing by take a picture of you. You will want to remember every fun moment.
No matter where you intern, make the most of where you are. Use these five tips as a starting point — think of other ways to make your internship memorable. It’s summer, right?
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