Internships.com found Adriano Medina when he posted a note about his love of internships on our Facebook page. See, Adriano is now doing his SIXTH internship. He loves the experience, and he loves talking about the value he finds in doing internships. So this blog, and two more to follow, come from the man who knows about internships.
Adriano is currently a student at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. He is a History major with a minor in Economics, and plans to graduate in May of 2011.
Q: Do you have any advice for students who are currently interning?
Network like crazy! Introduce yourself to all sorts of people, from the basic employee to senior management. Rack up on those business cards!!! Also, if you are in a particular department, explore other departments and meet a ton of people. Most employees will be receptive to your questions and their info can be very insightful.
You never know who knows who, so take every networking conversation seriously. For instance, at one of my internship sites,I met anemployee who was able to help me gain important information about a national position I was interested in. That person happened to know the person in charge of the office and the position I was researching. It was such an important conversation that happened by accident—I was just being friendly and meeting the people working around me,and it ended with a great referral.
Ask all the questions you need to ask. Work hard. Have fun and enjoy what you do.