As a first time intern, to say I have a lot to learn is an understatement. In just a few months I’ve gained some great experience and learned a lot of lessons, but I still have a long way to go. One lesson I learned very quickly is the importance of asking quality questions. Coming to your internship with good questions shows your superiors that you are eager to learn and that you are paying attention. Here are 5 great questions every eager intern should ask:
Are there any case studies on past clients that I can read? – Asking to read past case studies and reports on former clients shows that you are invested in the company and what it does. When you go over case studies, be sure to make note of how and when certain strategies and practices were used. This will definitely be helpful to your future.
What is your job description? – This question is a great way to not only find out more about the people you work with, but help decide where your interest in the industry is. Make note of which job titles and descriptions appeal to you for future reference.
Could I possibly see some examples? – Writing a press release or media alert for the first time can be very stressful. Ask some of the staff members you work with to show you examples of things they have written before. Once you see how it’s done, be sure to keep the documents handy to reference later.
Ask them anything! – There is no such thing as a stupid question in the world of interning. If you aren’t sure how or why something is done, ask about it. Keep a notepad with you so you can jot down questions as they come up. Make the most out of your internship by learning and asking everything you can.
If you have more great questions to ask, share them with us!