This week’s guest post comes from Marketwave’s client services’ intern, Lauren Varghese.
I believe internships are essential learning opportunities for your career. It’s a continued education of your specialty that reaches far beyond the classroom. Supervisors and colleagues become some of the best mentors as you jumpstart your career.
Blessed with the opportunity to be Marketwave’s ‘super’ intern for the past three months, I have gained a lot from this awesome team. So, I thought I’d share four important takeaways I learned from my time here that I believe all interns should practice during their internships.
1. Juggle workload effectively. I have always thought of myself as a multitasker, but I was not by any means a pro at it. At Marketwave, I work on multiple projects at a time. To ensure I stay organized and split up my time wisely for all client projects, I created an agenda of my work progress and deadlines that I update frequently. It may look like a different language to someone else, but it has helped me out tremendously and I can now say I am a super (organized) intern.
2. Be flexible. Even if you’re an intern in a certain division of the company, always be open to helping all team members. Technically I am the client services’ intern, but I have also supported the creative and management teams. Staying open and willing to assist the entire Marketwave team has given me great experience. The tasks may be simple or even out of your comfort zone, but each task has a valuable experience for learning.
3. Seek honest feedback. Asking your supervisor for negative feedback doesn’t sound ideal, but it is the most valuable part of an internship. My goals as an intern are to gain experience and grow as a communicator. In order to do this, I ask my supervisor to give me constructive criticism whenever necessary.
4. Learning is experience. Albert Einstein once said, “Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” The genius is right. After spending about 17 years of your life in school, you’d think you’d know it all. Unfortunately, that’s never the case. I have come to find that learning is a part of life, and I am extremely grateful to continue learning. In 2013, I completed two internships and graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree. I feel like I have significantly grown as a communicator and although I still have much to learn, I am excited to see where my career takes me!
I want to thank the Marketwave team for giving me this learning opportunity and working every day to help me strengthen my skills as a communicator.
What have you learned from previous internships that significantly impacted your work ethic? Let us know in the comments below!