Practical Tips for handling your Internship

Posted on June 26, 2015 Under Internships
  1. Treat everyone equally, from senior to junior to PA and the IT guy.
  2. 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.
  3. Don’t complain. Especially not about being bored or underemployed.
  4. Research thoroughly. Understand the commercial context.
  5. Write well. This applies to everything from e mails to memos. Reread everything 3 times.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Take criticism. Don’t argue back. Ask what you can do better next time.
  9. When you’re asked to someone’s office, take your pad and pen with you. Take notes.
  10. 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