During your Nashville internship, you will be developing your skills and strengthening your resume with all of the unique experiences and opportunities that Music City has to offer. You’ll be able to network with people in your field, and hopefully, you’ll get your foot in the door at a company that you’re interested in. Here are some tips to help you enjoy a successful internship while you’re in Nashville (or anywhere, really):
- Prep Work. You have your internship, but don’t get too comfortable. Stand out by researching the company, industry, and industry buzzwords so that you can present yourself as a knowledgeable addition to the team. Don’t be shy – ask your boss if there is any reading he or she might recommend that they think may be beneficial for you to complete.
- Commitment. Be on time. Stay late. Do your job, and do it well. Employees who are willing to do more than is required will get noticed. Employers are often challenged to find committed employees, so showing that quality will help you to stand out from the crowd.
- Be Real. Treat your internship as if it were your real job because someday it could be. Your work will have an impact on the team even as an intern, so make sure your impact is a positive one.
- Mentor. A key to being successful in the working world is having a mentor. Find someone who is willing to support you, show you the ropes, and give helpful advice.
- Hard Work. Don’t be afraid to take on responsibility. Step out of your comfort zone and take a chance beyond your job description. Show them what you can do! Nashville is a hot job market, so you want to shine bright.
- Question. If you don’t know, ask. It’s better to know for sure ahead of time than to make costly mistakes because you were guessing. Your boss is expecting you to have questions, so don’t hesitate to ask.
- Social. This should be obvious, but we’re going to say it anyway – stay off of social media during work hours. You are there to learn and to be present and connected with your work team, so remember that your social platforms will be there after you go home for the day. If you respect the fact that your time belongs to the company while you are on the job it will show your commitment to integrity and to the company itself. This is good.
- Network. Take any opportunity to meet as many co-workers as you can, especially those who are in other departments, since you may not have many chances to do so. You never know who might be able or willing to support you in the future. Build those bridges.
- Be Social. Take the time to get to know other interns and co-workers away from the work environment, too. Nashville is a great town full of amazing people, and many of them will add new dimensions to your life. Remember to behave correctly and be professional; your reputation will precede you.
Feedback. Ask for it. And most importantly, be ready to take it. Both positive feedback and constructive criticism will help you, so make sure you handle it in a professional and mature manner. Write it down and mull it over, and use it to take the necessary steps to grow, both professionally and personally.