As an 18 year old intern fresh out of high school, I work to put my best into everything I do.
From the smallest tasks to the largest projects, I try to do everything with my best effort. It doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are, if you work hard and have integrity, you can succeed in an internship. I want to share six things that have helped me succeed at my internship at Zaengle.
1. Have the right mindset
In my opinion, mindset is critical. When you have the correct mindset, your attitude improves and you become more productive at work. Having the proper mindset can be infectious too. If you have a positive mindset, your attitude will reflect it outwardly and co-workers feed off the positivity.
Your mindset defines your attitude, and your attitude boosts your mindset.
2. Be punctual
In business, few things are worse than showing up late for a scheduled meeting or appointment. Strive to be on time or early. When you have an upcoming meeting, find a good stopping point in your current task and wrap it up with enough time to get to your meeting a few minutes early. Don’t leave people waiting on you.
Arriving late was a way of saying that your own time was more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you.
- Karen Joy Fowler
3. Set goals and challenge yourself
Challenging yourself to meet goals is beneficial. At the beginning of each day, write out a list of tasks you would like to accomplish. The key is to list small, specific tasks. Start on the first task and work right down the list. At the end of the day, it will give you a great feeling to look back and see what you completed.
If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.
4. Ask questions and get feedback
A valuable skill to master is the ability to ask good questions. Avoid questions that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” Before you ask a question, make sure you have researched and put time into figuring it out. Always look for feedback on your work. Ask how you can improve or change the work you’ve done. Find a person who is skilled in your area and ask for their recommendations.
Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
- Tony Robbins
5. Don't be afraid of hard work
If you’re afraid of hard work, you will never succeed. When you are assigned a task you don’t know how to do, don’t get discouraged. Put your head down and get to work. When you complete that task, you will feel a sense of victory and accomplishment. An added benefit of completing hard work is that you’ll be given more tasks and gain the trust of those around you.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
- Henry Ford
6. Always be appreciative
Finally, I wanted to touch on appreciation. This is an important aspect of being an intern. Always look for ways to show appreciation, and never end a conversation without saying thank you.
It’s very inexpensive to say thank you.
These tips are not meant to be the “be all, end all”; they are simply a few observations I’ve made through a few months of working at Zaengle. They can all be summed up into our tagline here at Zaengle, “Be Nice, Do Good”. I hope these tips are helpful and give you success at your internship.
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
- Colin Powell
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By Logan Fox
Logan enjoys solving complex problems with simple solutions and is always up for a challenge.
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