Been there! Last year actually, was my first internship. Packed my bags and left to Rotterdam = Best decision ever!
I went there with an Erasmus+ scholarship, wich took a lot of months of preparation and denials from many companies, but was one who gave me a chance and for that thank you!
What it takes for your first internship?
Well, for me was courage, to leave my country (my comfort zone) and go straight into the unknown. Nothing grows in the comfort zone, so I decided to go for it! It was tiring, in the first few weeks, I had no idea what I was doing, but in the end I liked it. The city, well, I fell in love with Rotterdam! Can’t wait to go back there, the people are great and friendly.
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Tips to succeed on your first internship
If you leave your home country like I did, well you will need that! You will have to adapt, inevitable you will learn new things and you will come home changed. There, you’ll have to make your own grocery shopping, pay things and do laundry. That was the difficult part for me, haha. Because I didn’t have a laundry machine in the house, so I had to go to the laundry…..place (I can’t find the word) to wash them.
You are new to this, you don’t know how things work. So take advantage that you are a beginner and ask all the questions you want. Everybody will answer to them!
These are the most important. It is necessary to make a good first impression, the way you dress, act, speak and behave should be like a professional. Make eye contact, smile and be confident. You would want that to be your next full-time job, right?! Or if not, just make friends!
Being an intern, it is possible to do more than just your duties. So, don’t start argue with your manager for making you do something else than you’re supposed to do. If you show them you are flexible, they keep that in that mind. Believe that!
Be On Time!
Employers hate when you are late! Or take a lot of days off because you have “a flu”! Make sure you are at the office on time (if not you will work extra hours, to compensate) and if something comes up just, call and let them know. Don’t leave earlier than you are supposed to, (again they will call you and say come early tomorrow), if you have somewhere to go, just let them know.
And at the end?!
Well if you did everything right, just be sure to end in good terms with your supervisor and ask for a letter of recommendation. It is in your interest to be friendly with your manager, you never know what may come up and you will end up needing him/her! Keep in touch for future collaborations.
Hope I could help you and tell how did it go!