Ask a Recruiter is an ongoing series that covers topics both large and small facing students who are looking for their first job or internship. Your first internship is an accomplishment and brings a new level of challenges. Here are some tips for making the most out of this new experience.

This series is written by Claire Shriver, an Early Career Recruiter on the University Recruiting team at Lenovo US.

Have a question for Claire about starting your career, interviewing or finding an internship that’s right for you? Add your question in the comments section.

Making the Most of your Summer Internship

You landed a summer internship, yay! Summer internships can be a great opportunity to try out a certain career field, build your networking and personal skills, as well as potentially become employed at a company after graduating from college. What can you do during your internship to make it the best experience you can? Below are a few tips to make the most out of your internship this summer.

 

Meet your co-workers

On your first day, make sure to introduce yourself to your team! It is totally OK to set up some one-on-one time with them to get to know them better throughout the summer. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions about their career path and pick their brain a little bit on what the field is like.

 

Set goals for yourself

What are you expected to accomplish every day? Every week?  Make sure to set up some time with your manager to make sure you are on the right track. Keep in mind what your own goals are for your internship and what you would like to learn. Discuss your interests and ask if there are opportunities to get involved in those areas.

 

Use your resources

Lots of summer internships have enrichment opportunities such as: early career panels, resume building workshops, resource group panels, networking, mentor opportunities, etc. Make sure to attend as many as you can and soak up the resources you are given! 

 

Reflect on your experience

Once the end of the internship comes around (trust me, it will come quick!) ask your manager for feedback on your performance so you can learn what you’ve done well and what areas need improvement. Reflect on the skills you’ve gained during your internship and update your resume with your experiences and accomplishments.

 

About Claire:

Claire graduated from University of North Carolina – Wilmington in May 2021 and began her career at Lenovo a few months later. She is a Winston Salem native who spends her free time working out, cooking new recipes, going to the beach, and enjoying time with friends and family.

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  • Most managers will give feedback without asking but in the event yours does not, do ask them. It is important to know what they have seen you do well and what they think you need work on. 

  • So many good ideas.  Sometimes connections from friends or their parents can get you a foot in too.

  • Thanks! This is a great reminder to make the most of the summer in regards to growing, self-reflection, and creating a base experience for the start of your career!

  • Sober self reflection is good trait to establish early in 0ne's career

  • Would you say there are people who are too experienced when looking for the internships?