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In early April, six Georgetown seniors conducted a panel discussion with helpful tips on how to make the most of your summer internship. Here are some of their best suggestions:
On how to dress
- Always dress nicer than you think you need to.
- Observe some of the junior professionals at your office for clues on how you should dress.
- Even if you are allowed to wear what you want, err on the conservative side.
On projects and presentations
- Figure out ways to go above and beyond the call of duty with any small project they give you.
- Practice your presentation in front of as many people as possible before you deliver it.
- Remember that you are responsible for everything in your presentation: any mistakes, knowing where every detail and every number comes from.
- Your projects will be a great way to impress important people who might not otherwise know you.
On receiving feedback
- Be proactive about seeking feedback. It shows you want to improve.
- Ask junior co-workers for informal and honest feedback.
- If you are told to change something about your work or your work style, make sure you do.
On social events
- Don’t be the drunk intern!
- Social events are great places to make personal connections.
- If you go out with co-workers, even if you are not at an office social event, remember that these are still people you work with.
- If you’re invited to go somewhere with co-workers, go, even if you are tired.
- Social events are a great way to get to know people from across your organization. The more people you know, the more people will miss you when you’re gone.
On networking and mentors
- Seek out an informal mentor.
- Always be prepared. Always have five questions.
- Network with other interns. People like to see that you get along with others.
- Seek out Georgetown alumni.
- Be real, not fake.
On preparing for your internship
- Reach out to people at the company so you know people before you start.
- Get your life together before starting (e.g. finding an apartment, knowing where your nearest grocery store is, etc.)
- Leave yourself a lot of time to get to work on your first day.
On evaluating full-time offers
- Talk to different people you trust to get advice.
- Think about the culture and location. Being happy is more important than the money.
- Make a list of pros and cons, bus also consider how you feel about it emotionally.
On general dos and don’ts
- Do always be the first one in and the last one out.
- Do ask a lot of questions, but don’t ask the same questions.
- Do get involved.
- Do know what your job would be like if you get an offer to return full-time.
- Do find a balance between being annoying and being proactive. Know when to approach people.