NTU Career Tracks 2023

Maximise Your Internships

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Internships are excellent opportunities to have a better understanding about a company and a particular industry and to gain work experiences. Though an internship may last only for a few months, it can potentially lead to a job offer. Make the most of your internships!

SET YOUR GOALS

Before embarking on the internship, decide what you want to learn and achieve. Set your goals and work out how you can reach them through the internship. Discuss with your supervisor on what he expects from you in terms of work and create an action plan. Successful interns take the initiative to learn as much as possible even when interning remotely.

TREAT IT AS AN ACTUAL JOB

Get to know your superiors and colleagues well so that you can settle in smoothly into the new environment. Stay focused on the big picture, be a team player and build rapport with your colleagues. Remember to stay positive and committed.

Be sure to treat your internship as an actual job. Take things in your stride, do your best and be proactive in clarifying doubts. Be resourceful, take initiative and think of how you can provide solutions before consulting others.

FIND OUT ABOUT THE COMPANY CULTURE

Now that you have secured an internship, do your homework before your first day. Read up on industry trends and understand the company’s mission and vision, culture, business and value proposition.

As you embark on your internship, observe the people around you and pay attention to work schedules, email etiquette, attire, communication styles and protocols. If you are unsure of any procedures, check with your colleagues.

BE OPEN, POSITIVE AND ADAPTABLE

The key to a successful internship is maintaining a positive attitude at work. Be willing to learn when your supervisor spends time to give you feedback and coach you. Stay flexible and be ready to go the extra mile. Always update your supervisor on your progress and look out for ways you can contribute. Remember that you will be assessed on your work performance in terms of individual tasks as well as collaborations with others.

GROW YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Your internship is one of the best times to expand your professional network. Interact with colleagues within and beyond your department to gain insights on the company and the industry. Offer to help your colleagues in their tasks to gain different work experiences and learn new skills. Stay in touch with your new professional connections even after your internship.

END ON A GOOD NOTE

It is important to exit well from your internship. Discuss milestones of your internship journey with your supervisor and gather feedback from your colleagues. Remember to ask your supervisor if he or she can write a testimonial highlighting your key skills and achievements on the internship. Express your gratitude with a farewell email or a thoughtful gift to thank those whom you have worked with.

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