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You’ve landed your dream internship and you start on Monday. Now you’re gripped with a strong case of nerves and anxiety. What if you say the wrong thing? What if you trip down the stairs or accidentally swear in front of your boss? While we can’t help you with those mishaps (though we pray they won’t happen), we can help you make the most of your upcoming internship.
- Be on Time. Nothing good will come of your lateness. If it’s your first day, give yourself an extra hour on top of your estimated commute time. This will cut in on your sleep time, true, so make sure you go to bed extra early the night before.
- Overdress to Impress. It’s your first day– you want to make a good impression, right? Do so by going above and beyond your wardrobe expectations. If everyone was wearing a button-down shirt at your interview, wear a jacket. You’re fresh blood at the office, so everyone’s going to notice you. Be sure they notice your professionalism, too.
- Ask Intelligent Questions. You should come prepared with tons of research about your company. Approach your first day with a list of appropriate, well-thought-out questions. It’ll show your supervisors and co-workers that you’ve given your internship a lot of thought– and that you plan on playing a proactive role at the company.
- Don’t Show Off. With that said, you don’t want to be That Guy– the guy with a thirty page analysis of how he, the twenty-something intern, could change the company for the better. Play it cool– but don’t be a mute wallflower, either.