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What Will You Do as an Intern?

Interns benefit from meaningful work, exposure to the sector, networking opportunities, and the development of both technical and soft skills. Some internships even result in offers of permanent employment. Not all internships involve helping your boss out with administrative tasks like filing and making coffee. Internship expectations have grown throughout the years. Project work, leading a small staff, and rubbing shoulders with executives are all common features of internship programs. Learn more on what exactly will you do as an Intern before you start searching for one!

What Will You Do as an Intern?
What, precisely, does an intern do? It all varies on the field you're interested in and the employment you've chosen.  At least at the outset of their career, an intern's primary function is supportive. Once you've joined, helping, learning, and developing will be your primary responsibilities. You'll be encouraged to pitch in once you've adjusted there. As an intern, you can anticipate to undertake the following tasks:

1. Help out and add to the group!
Do not assume that your first major assignment as an intern will include leading a critical initiative. You may spend the first part of your internship just trying to get a feel for how things are done here. One way to learn about a company's operations is to "shadow" an existing employee. After spending a day or two learning the ropes at work. You'll soon find yourself actively contributing to the team's success.

The following are some examples of typical internship duties:
  • Doing administrative work: This includes making PowerPoints, writing reports, producing ads, and analysing market trends. It's possible that you'll be responsible for managing the company's social media accounts and emails, along with other related responsibilities.It's possible that your day will consist of coming up with content for social media, scheduling that content, and developing a plan for that content.
  • Management of events: Interns are frequently entrusted with the task of organising and coordinating special events. It's possible that you'll be asked to lend a hand in setting up for a major event. From helping you book the venue to brainstorming potential themes to identifying potential keynote speakers, we've got you covered.
Findings: Interns with recent college degrees possess a wealth of cutting-edge expertise. Your company could use your expertise if it assigned you a research position. It's possible that you'll be asked to research a brand-new project and provide input on how it should be carried out.

2. Acquire wisdom and experience
No of the nature of your internship, you'll be expected to soak up as much knowledge as you can on the job. What sort of education are you planning to pursue? It has two distinct components:
  • Acquiring Hard Skills: Hard skills are the technical abilities necessary to fulfil your internship obligations and your future job responsibilities. Gaining knowledge of data analytics, management, and other technological areas are all good examples.
  • Refining one's "soft skills" is just as crucial as honing one's "hard skills." : The ability to connect with others and foster connections that benefit both parties is at the heart of what is meant by "soft talents." Emotional intelligence, motivating others, active listening, and clear, concise expression are all examples. Soft skills are essential for client management and for building positive relationships with superiors and co-workers. The ability to work well with others is an essential soft skill that can help you advance in your career. Don't think too little of them, that's my advice.
3. Observing the Seniors
Job observation is now often practised. The term "job shadowing" refers to the process of seeing an employee or colleague in the workplace to have a better insight of the duties related with a given position. This is a common method of instruction in clinical and engineering domains.
  • Specifically, how does this function? You might be given a guide once you've joined the company. You might have to shadow them for the first few weeks. While they work, they'll teach you the ropes. Light duties may be assigned to you from time to time. It will be expected that you will have questions. Job shadowing is a great method to gain a feel for what it's like to work in a specific field or business. You may be invited to assist with projects or even take over some of your mentor's responsibilities after a period of time.
4. Increase the amount of duty you're taking on.
Expect to take on more and more responsibility as time goes on. At first, you'll be given a light task to evaluate your skills and reliability. If you do a good job, your superiors and co-workers will give you additional responsibility. If you do well, you'll be granted additional responsibility.
You should take advantage of this chance to impress your potential employer with your skills. It may also play a role in getting you hired for a permanent position afterward. Don't put more on your plate than you can chew, though. Companies would rather have a few high-quality applicants than numerous average ones. Interns who demonstrate initiative and the ability to meet deadlines are more likely to get hired after their internships.

5. Network
Although networking isn't strictly necessary, it's often treated as such. Relationships with superiors, co-workers, and clients/customers are all part of networking. To advance in your chosen field, you'll need the help and encouragement of influential people. In addition, fostering positive connections with clients benefits businesses in the long run. Interns may undertake the following types of networking:
Finding a reliable mentor is essential for the success of any intern programme. Finding a good mentor can help you achieve the same level of professional success as your role model.
Building a network with fellow interns can be challenging. It's a lot more fun when you're sharing the ups and downs of life with a bunch of people who understand what you're going through.

6. Decide on a professional path.
At the end of your internship, you will have to decide if you want to pursue a career in the same field as your internship or try something new.
You saw first-hand what it would be like to work in your field on a regular basis. Have you already started planning your next visit? Or do you think there's something else you'd enjoy doing more?
The great thing about internships is that you can switch to a different field if you don't like it.

Concluding Remarks
Internships often last a few months. Part-time work requires less dedication than full-time work. Yet they are without a doubt worth the work you put into them. As a result, you should take advantage of these situations to investigate your alternatives.
You should be able to find work that you enjoy. You can always try to get another internship opportunity somewhere else to see if you'll be happier.

The internship you choose will have a significant impact on your future career. It will help you develop the expertise you'll need to do well in your full-time position. You must treat your internship like the learning experience that it is.
If you put in the effort, make good connections, and put to good use the knowledge you gain during your internship, you will have a prosperous future.


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