22 Things Every Intern Should Absolutely Know

POPSUGAR Photography | Mark Popovich
POPSUGAR Photography | Mark Popovich

Scoring an internship is both exhilarating and really scary. It's a great way to get work experience and figure out what you want to do with your life. Plus, it's a major key to landing a job when you're ready to begin a full-time career. If you're an intern, make sure you know these 22 important pieces of advice before heading to the office.

  1. This is your time to seriously impress some important people. They could give you a job in the future!
  2. You often don't get to do exciting work. It's time to pay your dues, and sometimes that means doing monotonous tasks.
  3. Always dress to impress. It shows that you care and aren't afraid to get noticed.
  4. Take notes, lots of them. Absorb as much information as you can.
  5. Stand up for yourself. Don't allow your superiors to take advantage of you or make you work far more hours than agreed upon.
  6. Keep a positive attitude at all times. People will see that you're an awesome person to have around the office.
  7. Make sure to ask for feedback. Ask your supervisor how you're doing, and if there's anything you can do to improve.
  8. Always show up on time. Or even early! Punctuality is very important for any career.
  9. Pay attention to the office's work culture. Make sure to keep behavioral and social expectations in mind; co-workers will notice.
  10. Clarify your internship expectations before it begins. Know what is required of you and make sure it's reasonable.
  11. Proofread everything, even emails. Everyone will be impressed by your clean work.
  12. Keep your social media classy. Get rid of any inappropriate photos or posts — your bosses will definitely be checking!
  13. Stay focused. Stay away from distractions and make the most of the time you have.
  14. Build good relationships. Be friendly to your co-workers and get to know them.
  15. Ask for challenges. Show your supervisor that you're willing to push yourself and expand your skills.
  16. Don't be afraid to ask for advice. Your co-workers are a wealth of knowledge; take advantage of it! They appreciate that you care.
  17. Put your phone away. Don't constantly check your phone — it looks very unprofessional.
  18. Never gossip. Stay out of office drama and don't talk about rumors. It's inappropriate and will get you in trouble.
  19. Always have a pen and notebook on you. You will be much less stressed if you have a place to write down directions and notes.
  20. Know that one internship doesn't dictate your entire career. You could find out that an industry is not right for you — it's not the end of the world!
  21. Treat your internship like it's a real job. Don't discredit it if you're only getting school credit or minimum wage. Think of it as the beginning of your career.
  22. Never forget to thank the company for this opportunity. It's a privilege to get an internship! Employers will remember you if you leave with gratitude when it's time to say goodbye. One thank you note can go a long way.