Responsibilities and Tips for Your First Internship
Students who have secured your internship should keep the following responsibilities to the employer/company in mind:
- Students are representing the USF Muma College of Business and should display professional behavior, follow the proper dress code and report to work on time.
- Students should continue the internship for the duration that was agreed upon if more than a semester.
- Interns should perform all tasks in a professional manner.
- Interns must follow the personnel policies of the internship employer/company and keep sensitive information gained in the work environment confidential.
- Students should maintain contact with the course instructor and complete all assignments listed on the internship course syllabus.
10 Tips for A First Internship:
- Be on time for everything – this seems basic but indicates to others that students are professionals.
- Be social – be likable in the office and network during an internship to build professional contacts.
- Find out how long the internship is – find out specific start and end dates of the internship and if they might hire an intern as a full-time employee.
- Interns will do some busy work – learning some administrative tasks and how those tasks help the company is important.
- It's okay to make mistakes – students should strive to do their best, ask for assistance when struggling, and seek feedback on how not to make the same mistake twice.
- Ideas are encouraged – speak up, participate in meetings, show initiative!
- Interns sometimes get bored – not all tasks involve interns, keep communication open with supervisors to learn about other ways or projects that can help the overall team.
- Quality over quantity – it's not efficient to work hurriedly, stop and ask for feedback and do a thorough job.
- Dress code – business casual and campus casual are not the same thing!.
- Responsibilities differ for paid and unpaid interns – chances of job placement after a paid internship are higher than an unpaid internship; paid interns on average receive a higher salary for their first job than unpaid interns.