“Man, this intern place does not offer us lunch,” this could be the things you tell your buddies about your internship place. Did you go for internship to grow fat? Some of the slay queens always remark, “intern is so boring; someone please take me out”. Stop right there babe! Stop! Take yourself out, start practicing women emancipation asap.
This just shows you that many campusers no longer care about what they will gain from internship, all they care about is the marks to pass the course. Few dwell on leaving a good name after the internship is done. Well, your internship place should be a place to freely interact, share ideas, meet new people, multi task, troubleshoot, solve problems and acquire new skills in order to thrive in the job market. Let’s delve deeply into the kind of skills you must acquire during your internship
Your internship can result into being loaded with work but at the end of the day you are required to accomplish these tasks. You have to be multi-tasking yourself and if possible work overtime. This will prove your resilience and diligence at performing tasks. The reason at times your bosses give you lots of work is to enable you acquire the skill of multi-tasking
2. Time Management
Every campuser will admit to once arriving late for a lecture. Yes, you are a perpetual late comer even at your internship I know. Guess what, your supervisor is telling you to report to office at 8:00 am in the morning in order to inculcate the time keeping discipline in you. So stop complaining and focus on acquiring the skill of managing time as well as working to deliver and beating set deadlines.
3. Sharing Ideas and Coordination
At your internship you have to coordinate with fellow internees in order to achieve a task. The reason you are assigned group work is to give you the skill of coordination, sharing ideas and having respect for another person’s ideas and contribution to the company. Your internship should end when these skills are at your fingertips.
4. Interpretation and Report Writing
If you are an architecture student for instance, at internship, you will be required to interpret maps, documents, list of figures, coordinates or even house plans and the like. At the end, one will be tasked to formulate reports about findings and even lessons learnt. All these are enabling you to acquire the skill of interpreting work or office documents and ability to write a good report to your future boss.
Not everyone can create new ideas of accomplishing tasks, but your internship is requiring you to think out of the box and find new solutions to a certain problem. You are being taught to look out of the ordinary and do things in a smarter and different way. Internship should teach you to be creative and find cost effective and faster ways of accomplishing a task.
6. Oratory Skills and Eloquence
In every intern place you must learn to ask questions. You cannot learn if you don’t ask. This will enable you to stop being shy. At times you will be required to even make presentations to colleagues or fellow students on a point you have understood. In doing so, you must be eloquent enough and acquire the skill of being a good communicator.
All these skills must be portrayed in you after the internship so that you don’t leave the intern place with good marks but dumb as a duck.