Practical Tips for handling your Internship
- Treat everyone equally, from senior to junior to PA and the IT guy.
- Smile, look friendly, be helpful, all the time. You may not be able to please everyone, but try to be that person that everyone would want to share an office with.
- Don’t complain. Especially not about being bored or underemployed.
- Research thoroughly. Understand the commercial context.
- Write well. This applies to everything from e mails to memos. Reread everything 3 times.
- Look engaged and interested : ask questions about your assignments, ask questions about the firm, ask questions about the clients. If you don’t understand something, ask. People are generally really happy to help – they’ve been in in your shoes before. But don’t waste people’s time : not everyone wants to talk.
- Ask for work. Look for opportunities to help out. Ask to attend meetings and conference calls. Don’t be afraid to make your presence known – in fact act as if nobody knows you’re there or is thinking about you.
- Take criticism. Don’t argue back. Ask what you can do better next time.
- When you’re asked to someone’s office, take your pad and pen with you. Take notes.
- You’re being assessed in the office and outside it : don’t let your guard or image down at office social events.
Photograph from previous page copyright Quinn Norton