Sometimes during an internship, it may seem like you’re busy doing nothing day in day out. You’re bored, and tired of running errands and photocopying. An internship is supposed to benefit both the intern and the organization. Whenever you feel bored or like there’s nothing to do, here are some ways to help you be productive and helpful during your internship.
1. Double check
If you have been assigned tasks and have completed all of them, the first thing you should do is double check that you have done everything correctly. Ensure that you have sent the right emails to the right people and cross check all written work for spelling errors. Be as thorough as possible so that you only turn in quality work.
2. Ask for work
Ask your supervisor for something to do. Inform him/her that you are done with the tasks you were assigned and that you would like to help somewhere else. If your supervisor does not have anything for you, ask someone else in the office if they need help with any task. This makes you stand out as a dedicated and hardworking intern who really wants to learn.
3. Come up with something to do
If you have a suggestion to make to your boss or supervisor about a new marketing strategy or any other pitch that helps your department or the organisation as a whole, write up a proposal and present it to your boss. The worst that can happen is that it won’t be used. And even then, it benefits you because you present an enthusiastic and forward thinking front.
4. Educate yourself
If you can’t come up with anything to do, you can spend the time learning new skills that are related to the industry you’re working in. You can also learn new skills that you’ve always wanted to learn and can benefit you in future. You can either learn from someone in the office and offer to help on projects related to your new skills. You can also spend the time improving your knowledge of the industry or the company.
If you are bored and can’t find any projects to work on, research your company, its employees and the industry you are in. Ensure that you are up to date on everything going on in the organization. Read up on the competitors, see what they are doing and think up ways your company could do them better.
You can spend the time familiarizing yourself with the other people in the organization – do not stick to just interns. Try to make connections with the members of staff. Respectfully request one-on-one discussions with them and ask questions about their jobs, duties, experiences and the industry. It is best to prepare your questions in advance.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an intern is not taking the initiative, and waiting to be told what to do all the time. It makes you come off as lazy and unenthusiastic. You should be proactive if you want to make the most out of your internship.