7 Professional Tips for Your Summer Internship

April finally made its debut, which means summer is getting closer. The majority of college
students’ summers are filled with business pants and lots of coffee, rather than bathing suits and
ice cream. Summer internships are not only a great resume booster, but an unforgettable
experience. Here are 7 ways to help you be professional at your internship:

1. Be aware of spending time on your phone.

It’s not cool to be surfing Twitter or Instagram at your desk, and will look really bad if your boss sees you. Wait until your lunch break and stay focused on the tasks given to you!

2. Don’t show up to work hungover or too tired.

It will not be a good look and you will not be able to complete your work to the best of your ability. Showing up on time and awake (mostly thanks to caffeine) will show that you are eager and ready to take on the world.

3. Dress appropriately!

The summer can be a challenging season when it comes to dressing business professional or business casual. Make sure to wear clothes that you are comfortable in, but also match the dress code of the office. If you aren’t 100% sure about your outfit when looking in the mirror, change.

4. Always help where help is needed.

Even if it’s not your job or department, ask if anything needs to be done, and especially ask if you can assist when you see a coworker in need of it. This is not only a great way to build up your own skills, but also will help you get to know your coworkers better and make a name for yourself in the office.

5. Take your time when doing a task.

While adhering to deadlines, make sure to put in the time and effort for all of your tasks. You need to make sure that your work is perfect and has no typos or errors before submitting to your boss or supervisor. The higher quality work you producer, the better you’ll be viewed by your coworkers.


No one has time for someone that comes in 5 or 10 minutes late everyday. Those minutes add up. Be the intern that shows up early and is ready to tackle the day. Those are the interns that stand out the most.

7. Don’t take anything for granted.

Summer internships are great building blocks to your career and also are an awesome opportunity. Not everyone succeeds in landing a summer internship, so stay humble and enjoy every moment spent there!

This blog post was written by Account Associate Shannon McQuaid.

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