Congratulations! You scored a dream internship, and are psyched about getting some real-world work experience this summer.
This isn't just a way to knock out credits toward your degree or while away the summer months. It's an opportunity to show your employer what you can do - and develop work habits that will help you move up the career ladder.
Here's how to stand out - in a good way - and nab a great recommendation or even a job after graduation:
#1 - Arrive Early.
Be the first person to arrive in the morning and the last to leave.
#2 - No Whining.
Just do the first two items on this list - and you will stand head and shoulders above most of your co-workers. Seriously.
#3 - Be Nice to Work With.
People like to work with - and promote - people they like.
#4 - Remember How People Take Their Coffee.
Do that Starbucks run with a smile.
#5 - Take The Job Seriously.
Don't complain that you "just" make copies or "just" make media lists. Every job is important. Take ownership, do it well - and people will notice. If you don't take small tasks seriously, people will assume you have the same attitude toward larger projects as well.
#6 - There's No Such Thing as Grunt Work.
Every task is an opportunity to learn. My first job out of college, I worked for a congressman, answering constituent mail and phone calls. The mail never stopped, and I always had at least 100 pending letters on my desk. Grunt work? Never! To respond to those letters, I had to learn about each issue coming before the House of Representatives and be able to articulate the congressman's position on it. I also had to learn the intricacies of the legislative process. Two years later, when a promotion was available, I was ready - and got the job.