Not Just the Intern

Joining a new company as an intern can be a bit intimidating, especially if it is your first internship. You may feel hesitant to jump right into work and opt to wait for directions from your manager before starting a task.This is okay when you're first getting started, but once you've learned the ropes, it is time to step up your game. The company hired you in hopes of helping you learn and grow - maybe even hire you full-time. They want you to be a part of the team, not just an intern.If you want to add value to the team, it's important that you maintain a positive and driven attitude. If you landed the internship, they most likely already saw these qualities in you during your interview. Make sure that you don't lose this passion throughout your time with the company, and take the initiative to assist others when they are in need.You may need to stay late at the office to finish a project or offer new and creative ideas to upper management if given the opportunity. Don't forget, this is not only your chance to learn new skills, but to showcase the ones that you already possess.If your boss asks you to offer your input on a project they have been working on but you don't completely agree with the approach they are taking, don't be afraid to offer your opinion. As long as you do so respectfully, they will appreciate your perspective.Chances are, you are one of the youngest people in the office and they are looking for a fresh, new perspective. Take the opportunity to prove that you can think on your feet and are able to add valuable input to a discussion.Remember, you didn't accept this internship because you were hoping to make copies and get coffee. You wanted to gain experience and knowledge throughout your time in the office,. When it comes to internships, you will get out of it what you put in. If you are lazy, you probably won't be asked to stay longer. Try and ask for work, help or offer your creative ideas. You're not just an intern - the company is investing in you and you should invest yourself in them.

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