Friday, January 26, 2007

Getting the Most Out of Your Internship

If you are thinking of participating in an internship program, Global Experiences is here to answer all of your questions about our program locations, accommodations, requirements, even what time of year is best for certain placements. One question that we’re not asked often, but are ready and happy to answer is: “What can I do to get the most out of the experience?”

We have a few pointers to keep in mind for that first day of work:

Keep your Eyes and Ears Open: From day one be aware of the environment you are in. You will surely notice differences between the business culture you know from home and the one of the country you are now in. Pay attention to how things are run, dress code, etc. Remember, the business culture will be unfamiliar to you at first, and you will need time to adjust. Keep in mind that it is different, not wrong.

Be Positive and Proactive: Have a positive outlook on the placement you have obtained. Make the effort to learn about your company. Be proactive in creating projects for yourself. If you have finished a task that was given to you, find a new one to work on or show interest in other on-going projects.

Be Responsible: Arrive to work on-time, complete tasks in a timely manner, and always put 110% into all of the work you do.

Learn the Language: If you are interning in a country where English is not the first language, you should take the initiative to learn as much of the language as you can prior to starting the internship. This will show your new colleagues that you are interested in immersing yourself in the culture, becoming a part of the team and that you are ready to learn.

Get Excited!: You are in a new country, experiencing a new culture! Remind yourself of this everyday. You may never have the opportunity to experience the country in which you are interning in the same way again.

And always remember to have fun!

Posted by Sarah

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