What comes to mind when you think of an intern? Be honest. Some of you may think of films such as ‘The Intern’ or ‘Devil Wears Prada’ and some of you may go straight to thinking of someone who runs around the office simply making teas and coffees and doing the jobs no one else wants to do. The definition in itself doesn’t sell the idea of being an intern.

A student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification

In reality, most internships nowadays are a lot more than that and if you haven’t guessed already, the focus of this today’s blog.

 

What it really means to be an Intern?

While the definition above is technically correct, an internship is more than just gaining work experience. It’s about learning for yourself the environments you work best in, it’s about discovering yourself in a working capacity.

Also by no means will you be just making teas and coffees. You will actually be working on projects/tasks within your department. Plus you will be guided, mentored and trained by the people who believe you have what it takes to be a part of their team/company. Sure there might be the odd doing the job no one else wants to but sometimes they are the ones you learn the most from.

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I am currently in my second internship and can say I have gained a lot from my first one. I discovered my true love for analytical data, SEO and working in a small team (even though it was a big company). I also learned I work best in a relaxed, friendly and calm environment so I took that with me when looking for a job once that was over. That job is the internship I am in now.

Being part of an internship scheme?

Sometimes the benefit of being an intern is that you are part of a wider network of interns. Internship schemes allow you to connect with other people like yourself and share each other’s thoughts and ideas. It can be an escape from the people you work with as these people understand what it is you are going through.

I myself am part of an internship scheme known as Time 2 Shine which just last week involved me going all the way to Morecambe for a 2.5-day conference (which I LOVED!).

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My Time2Shine Network photo courtesy of Maddie Hall

What Should You Know For Signing Up To Be An Intern?

  1. Like any other jobs, internships have requirements and you should be prepared to handle them.
  2. You should understand what the internship is about and if there are any commitments you have to make.
  3. It is also wise for you to take notes and understand that you may be asked to reflect on your work, time and commitments.
  4. It goes without saying that you should be open to learn, adapt and grow.
  5. IT IS OKAY NOT TO BE PERFECT!

So next time you see the word  INTERN on a job listing don’t shy away. Embrace it.

If you want to know more or hear more of my internship experiences comment below or drop me an email here.

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