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Tracey's Angle- How to Make the Most Out of Your Internship

June 4, 2010

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Hello all!

My competitive nature is partly responsible for my desire to always have something to do at work. There’s something about a heavy workload that gives me a pressure-fueled thrill that motivates me to complete all of my tasks. Although I try to keep myself busy with work, there have been times at my internships, when I didn’t feel challenged at all. Hours would go by and I would catch myself twiddling my thumbs, or organizing all of the files on my computer. I wanted something to do…I needed something to do. I figured that asking my boss for more work, or letting them know I wasn’t being challenged, might be offensive, so I kept my mouth shut.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that by not saying anything, I was selling myself short of a complete internship experience. How could I learn new skills, or be exposed to certain situations without taking on any responsibility? I couldn’t! In hindsight, I should have asked for more challenging work.

If you’re in this situation, and you want to discuss it with your boss, take some time to brainstorm what you want to ask for specifically. Think about it,if you tell your boss you have nothing to do,and that you want to have a really heavy workload, they just may overload you with projects and tasks, which will probably make you stressed out. Instead, consider asking to help out with specific tasks, or to shadow your supervisor in meetings. This is what I do now!

After I completed the Intern Certification Program** offered by, they provided me with a roadmap, an internship plan, that helped me map out what I wanted from my internship–my goals and how I was going to accomplish them. My boss and I sat down, went over my roadmap, and now I know exactly what I want to accomplish, and how I’m going to do it.

Hope this helps the interns out there who need more work to do! Next week I’ll tell you all about how I interact professionally with other employees at my internship.

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Tracey L.

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