A little while ago, I wrote a post with some tips on how to end your internship on a high note! While leaving a great last impression is important, it’s also crucial to start out your internship on the right foot!
I just recently had my first day as a social media intern at 451 Marketing, and while starting out at a new company can be intimidating, it’s also a great experience.
Here are some simple tips for making a great first impression at the start of your internship:
1. Be punctual!
Nothing looks worse than being late on the first day, or on any day, of your internship. It may take a few weeks to get into the swing of the morning commute, so for your first few days, make sure you leave with plenty of time to get there, taking into consideration that there could be back-ups or traffic delays (sometimes, public transportation can be a little unreliable.)
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
You’ll probably get a lot of information thrown at you on your first day, so speak up if you have any questions! Don’t know where the bathroom is? Ask an employee or fellow intern! Want to find a place to get lunch? See if the receptionist can give you any suggestions! Don’t be shy, or it could hurt you in the long run!
3. Shake hands and be friendly!
On the first day, you’ll probably meet tons of people, everyone from the CEO to your fellow interns! When you’re being introduced or meeting a new person, smile, make eye contact and give a nice, firm handshake! Always remember to be polite and enthusiastic. After all, it’s exciting to meet new people!
4. Don’t play on your phone or go on Facebook!
Constantly checking your phone and texting your friends is not appropriate in the office, especially as an intern. Avoid the temptation by keeping your phone turned off and in your purse or pocket! Also, don’t go on your Facebook or Twitter page when you’re supposed to be doing an assignment on the computer. This will make you look very unprofessional. You’re there to learn, so save the personal browsing for when you’re in your dorm!
5. Don’t be too nervous!
Remember, you were hired because the people at the company liked you! Relax, have fun and be confident! Remember that this is a learning experience and an amazing opportunity for you! Enjoy it, and get as much out of it as possible!
It can sometimes be challenging to juggle classes and an internship, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run! Congratulations to all the students interning this semester, and good luck!