Summer is almost here, which means those internships you worked so hard to get are also about to start. But before you walk in the door on the first day of your internship, here are some things to keep in mind.
Know your role
It may have been a while since you applied and interviewed for your internship position, so make sure you know what’s in the job description before you start the internship. Take a look back at the position you applied for and get an idea of what to expect. Talk to your boss or mentor about resources you can use to prepare for what you’ll be doing on the job and ask about what skills – like Excel – you should brush up on. This way, you can hit the ground running from the very start of your internship, and you can make the most of every day!
Know your firm and division
This may seem a bit obvious, but take just a few moments to look up the firm where you’ll be spending your summer in the news. Perhaps there was a recent change in executive roles, or an exciting new project was just announced. This type of information can be great for first day conversation with new coworkers, or just so you have a better sense of what the firm will be doing over the summer.
Confirm first day logistics
Make sure you have a clear idea of where you’ll be reporting the first day – and how to get there – and what your work hours are like! What do you need to bring (notebooks, pens, laptop, etc.)? Coming prepared and early on the first day will give you the chance to feel more comfortable in the new work environment.
Clarify the dress code
Some businesses will expect you to wear business formal every day, other firms only expect business casual. Make sure to connect with someone at your internship – HR, your boss, or a mentor – to confirm what type of dress they expect you to wear. If all else fails, it’s safer to err on the side of dressing more professional on day one, and dress down if you notice others doing so. Regardless, remember that first impressions are key!
If you have any questions or concerns heading into your internship, reach out to someone you know at the firm. The firm most likely has made a lot of preparations for the summer intern class and will be more than happy to answer any questions so you feel prepared for the first day.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your summer internship. Regardless of where you’ll be this summer, remember to keep an open mind, be ready to be challenged, learn as much as you can, and have fun!
Siyu Wu is from Colorado and is currently a sophomore at Princeton University, pursuing a degree in Economics and certificates in Finance and East Asian Studies. She hopes to synthesize her interest in China and East Asia with her passion for finance to eventually work in a career related to international finance and Asian capital markets.