You’ve secured an internship – congratulations! Now what?


Have you already secured a summer internship? If so, you may believe that your career strategy work is over. Well, think again! The months and weeks leading up to an internship are critical. During this time, we recommend you focus on the following:

  • Prepare your internship goals: What are you looking to accomplish during your internship? What skills are you hoping to develop? The better you can articulate these goals, the more equipped you will be to communicate them to your internship manager, bettering your chances of achieving them. If you’re unsure where to start, your Career Coach can work with you to define these goals.
  • Professionalism: The way you present yourself and your professional practice are just as important as the work you do throughout your internship. This is a great time to review the W. P. Carey School of Business Career Management & Employer Engagement Policies and Professional Standards to better understand what behaviors employers are seeking. 

We know that once an internship begins, there often isn’t time to focus on these essential areas. To capitalize on this time ahead of your internship and avoid feeling overwhelmed, check out the resources below and schedule an appointment with your Career Coach now to discuss additional actions that you might take to prepare for your specific internship experience successfully.

The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter (Book)

How to Use the Five “Why’s” to Clarify Your Career Goals

What is Professionalism? (Video)

A Guide to Professionalism in the Workplace

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By W. P. Carey Career Services Center
W. P. Carey Career Services Center