Maximize Your Internship Opportunity – Vol.1

Hello StudentBranding readers!

This is my first post for the site and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you how excited I am to be one of the contributors. I am a Program Manager in EMC’s University Relations department. We work very closely with students, interns and new college hires, and this blog gives me another way to engage with the future leaders of the world (that’s you!)

Summer is knocking on the door (although some days, it already started to feel like it’s here) and many of you are smart and lucky enough (yes we know that in an economy like we are facing globally right now, it takes a combination of both) to land an internship for this summer. I thought I’d do a series of blogs throughout the summer to help you make the most of your internship experience.

1. Attend Orientation:

Many companies have new employee orientation programs. If your’s is hosting one, attend.

You may have received a big package with all the information you think you need, or you may think that you’ll just ‘figure things out’ as you go. These, however, are not your most beneficial options; attending orientation can definitely start you off on better footing.

You will meet other new hires and interns – it’s always refreshing to know you are not alone when it comes to embarking on a new and unknown situation.

Information presented during orientation will ensure that you are up and running at your job faster. Knowing the company’s overall goals and culture can help you get to know what type of work should be produced. Also, attending orientation will give you a clearer picture on how your organization (and your work) makes a difference in the company. Showing that you’re truly devoted to getting to know this company, and  willing to learn more to help the resulting work will surely earn extra points from your manager.

2. Understand your manager:

Your success at the internship will be heavily dependent on the relationship between you and your manager. Maintaining a good relationship is as much your responsibility as it is his/hers.

During the first few days, have a detailed conversation with your manager in order to better understand his/her management style. Don’t be shy to ask questions, it’s better and easier to ask and do things right than to try to figure out things on your own. Don’t get upset if you think your manager is trying to micro manage you –you are new and you need to remember that you are starting out at the bottom of the ladder. Be patient and respectful, trust comes with time and your manager will adjust his/her management methods based on his/her experiences with you as an intern.

Once you prove yourself after a few weeks, this attitude will subside in most cases. If your boss travels a lot/works remotely/works in a different office than you, I suggest setting up a weekly call/meeting to keep him/her posted on the progress of your projects. Be sure to keep track of all the work you do (scheduling meetings, completing projects, initiatives you take) and update your manager at the end of the week.

By showing you are focused and accomplishing quite a bit, respect will continue to blossom.

(to be continued)


Nuzhat is  a Program Manager  and  Social Media Specialist responsible for creating, managing and  marketing the Web 2.0 strategy  for EMC’s University Relations. She represents the  EMC Employment Brand to prospective interns & entry level candidates using social media tools & techniques and manages the internal online community for EMC’s interns and new college hires.  She hosts on campus career development  workshops on resume writing, networking skills, Things To Know Before Entering the Real World, etc. She earned her BS Degree in Logisitc & Supply Chain Management from University of North Texas. To find out more, follow her on twitter. To get more information on internships and entry level oppurtunities at EMC, check out and folllow EMCCollege on twitter.

Related posts:

  1. Maximize Your Internship Opportunity – Vol. 2
  2. Maximize your Internship Opportunity: The Last Chapter
  3. Maximize Your Internship Opportunity – Vol. 4

3 Responses to “Maximize Your Internship Opportunity – Vol.1”

  1. avatar Melanie says:

    You may want to spellcheck your blog entry title as it has a typo which looks really bad for your first entry

  2. avatar Nuzhat Karim says:

    Hi Melanie, thanks very much for catching the spelling error and letting me know- fixing it right now!

  3. avatar Tasmina says:

    i liked the part where you talked about understanding your manager and I look forward to reading the rest of it soon.

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