Inside the Internship: How to make the most of your internship (before it’s too late)

The weeks of feeling wide-eyed and bushy-tailed have come and gone, and the last month of your internship feels like it’s dragging along.

The assignments aren’t coming in steadily, and when they do, they’ve got you falling asleep at your desk. Most likely you’re feeling disappointed that the office has a lull about it. You’ve worked hard to get this gig and you want the most out of it. So, what can you do about it?

Keep the minutes from feeling like hours with these simple steps to reenergize your internship:

Oldies but goodies

Chances are that at some point you put off an assignment that wasn’t time sensitive for something more intriguing.

Now is the time to take a second look at that old to-do list and knock out anything and everything.

While they might not be the most exhilarating or challenging tasks, they are something to do. And the fact that you’re going back to make sure you’ve done everything you need to shows your supervisor that you know how to step up and follow through. Plus, it keeps you from being tempted to check your phone and sneakily hunt for Pokemon.

Ask around

At this point in your internship, you should feel comfortable asking your supervisor for more responsibilities. Shoot them an email saying you’re free to take on another task and they might toss you one. If not, ask other departments if they need any help.

You might make some new connections, as well as learn something, if you branch out of your typical domain.

But, be polite and go through your supervisor when doing so. You don’t want to step on any toes.

Pitch that idea

Show initiative and send your supervisor a comprehensive write up of the killer idea you’ve been sitting on all summer. Tell them that you’ve had it in your back pocket for a while and would appreciate it if they looked it over when they got a minute.

Take it a step further and ask if they’d be willing to evaluate it for you – chances are they will because your internship is a learning experience.

Be sure to present it in a clear and effective manner so they can see that you’re passionate about the work you’ve done. No matter what they say, you can’t lose in this situation. The worst possible outcome is that you learn something.

Think about it

If all else fails and you’re still stuck in a rut, think back to the day you found out you got the internship. Remember your excitement? Remember how proud your parents were when they found out all of that hard work (and money) paid off?

You are there for a reason: to better your future.

And you are so privileged to get the chance to do so. That should be more than enough reason to relight that fire and get you through the day!