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Making Time for Your Internship

Although I’m protesting and clinging to every ray of sunshine, soon summer will be over and we’ll all be back on campus. With the return to campus, you may be faced with the tough task of balancing classes, studying, and group projects with valuable internship hours. Recognizing the importance of carving out time for everything, I encourage you to consider the following when fitting an internship into your school schedule.

Match expectations

Be sure your expectations match the expectations of your internship site. Have a conversation with the manager or supervisor of your internship to ensure that you’re all on the same page. This is especially important if you interned with the company during the summer and plan to continue doing so during the school year. Discuss schedule expectations, specifically number of hours/days and don’t forget to ask about flexibility should you need additional time to study for exams.

Don’t overcommit

Be honest about your schedule and the number of days/hours you’re available. Recognize that if you overextend yourself, you will become frustrated and so will your internship site if it results in you calling out or making a schedule change at the last minute. In addition to planning around your courses and studying, don’t forget to include time for lunch, travel to and from your internship, and time for fun in your overall schedule.

Fun, lunch, and travel time

I think these are the three things we always forget about when setting a schedule. You may have laughed when I mentioned lunch, but recently I was talking to a peer about their company’s intern. This intern was scheduled to work four hours a day, from 10AM – 2PM and the intern wanted to take a one hour lunch during that timeframe. I’m sure you’ll agree that the intern’s request was proof of how seriously they viewed their internship, but I do think the story speaks to the importance of planning ahead and remembering to include time for lunch, travel to/from your internship, and also fun!

I know balancing isn’t always easy and time management is a skill, hopefully my suggestions will serve as a starting point and provided you with a few ideas on how to fit your internship into your schedule.

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Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers.  Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country.  A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee.  During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.  To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit hyatt.jobs, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at hyattrecruiting.blogspot.com.

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One Response to “Making Time for Your Internship”

  1. avatar Eric Woodard says:

    Thanks for a great post Ronisha!

    Sometimes students make the mistake of assuming that an internship will be more/less apt to take them on if they can’t commit to certain hours.

    More often, the important thing is to commit to a certain schedule during an internship and then (here’s the important part): show up when you committed to show up.

    If you do that, most intern hosts will be happy with your schedule!

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