At this point in the year, you’ve probably already gotten that highly-coveted phone call stating you landed a summer internship. Congrats! Your summer is sure to be an awesome learning experience. But while you wait for your very first day to arrive, take a look at the tips below so you can start preparing.
1. Continue researching the company.
You likely spent a good amount of time researching your future company while filling out your application, drafting your cover letter, and getting ready for the big interview. That doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, though! Stay up-to-date on the company’s latest happenings by following their updates on social media. It also helps seeing if there are good insights on the company’s work culture available through social media or company reviews on Glassdoor.
2. Come up with personal goals.
At the end of the day, your internship is about learning. Therefore, it’s seriously beneficial walking in on your first day with a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. This can be anything from learning new hard skills, getting more comfortable with professional communication, or even building your network. You’ll gain much more from your experience when you know what you’re working toward.
3. Start figuring out areas you can help.
Companies love when new faces come in with fresh ideas. Start thinking about the position you were hired for, and brainstorm some ways you can help make that role more efficient and successful. You don’t have to have a clear-cut plan just yet, but simply bringing forward some new ideas is a great starting point.
4. Map out your route.
Imagine heading in on your very first day and either getting lost, or getting caught off guard by the sheer amount of rush hour traffic! Showing up late on your first day isn’t the best first impression, so make sure you’re comfortable with your commute before then.
5. Refresh your professional wardrobe.
Every work environment abides by a different dress code. For the most part, you’ll want to stick to professional attire. (Dress pants, button-down shirts, dresses, etc.) If your wardrobe is lacking, start building up your collection of work clothes.