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The Fowler Coordinator Blog: What to do the Summer after Freshman Year

By Hannah Sassi

Some of the other Fowler Coordinators and I have had students ask what they should do the summer after their freshman year. If you’re a freshman asking about this, I don’t blame you. With so much emphasis put on opportunities for upperclassmen, you are probably wondering if maybe you are already falling behind the curve. I am here to assure you that it’s great you are already exploring opportunities, but you also have nothing to worry about.

The summer after my freshman year I worked as a “Retail Banking Intern” at a smaller regional bank near my hometown. I soon discovered that I was essentially a bank teller with a few additional responsibilities. It wasn’t the most impressive experience I’ve had, but it turned out to be more influential than I ever would have guessed. That is because I got to understand how banks operate on a small scale and how each customer interaction and transaction matters. I saw the impact that this small bank had on the lives of people in its community and this sparked my interest in a career in finance, because I saw how banks helped people achieve their dreams. Now, almost 3 years later, I will be starting my career at a bank, so I guess I’ve come full circle.

My advice to freshmen is to look into potential opportunities, but don’t stress about getting a great summer job or internship. One thing to keep in mind is that several of the most well-known companies offer leadership programs for freshman (and sophomore) students. These programs, or “externships”, usually involve a day or several days of seminars, career development, and networking. They vary from company to company, but many are focused on diversity students or look for students with certain educational backgrounds, such as STEM. Some of the companies that offer these programs include Google, Facebook, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, EY, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, and Microsoft. If you are interested in working for a specific company, do a quick search to see if they offer an externship or internship. Take some time to apply to a few programs because they are always great chances to learn more about a certain company or industry.

At the end of the day, any job experience you have during the summer will help you gain key skills that you can use over the course of your career. This can range from customer service to handling transactions to general organization or office etiquette. And you’ll be surprised how an experience that you thought was insignificant will help you in an application or interview later on. Whether it is an externship or a summer job back home, my advice is to make the most of your experience this summer and have fun!


The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Cracking the Career Expo Code

By: Christina Giordano

With the GWSB Career Expo soon approaching, it is important to have some best practices in mind to make the most of your time. Let’s be honest, career fairs can be incredibly overwhelming for you and for employers. There are dozens of employers present and hundreds of students jumping at the opportunity to talk with their dream company. So how do you make sure you’re making the most of your time? The first tip to cracking the career fair code is to have your thirty second pitch ready. If there’s a company you’re really interested in, make sure to visit their website beforehand to see if there are any internship or full time job opportunities already posted. Mention your interest in those specific positions and why you’d be a great fit for the company. Do the research and have at least two well thought out questions in your back pocket. Also, research the company and some of their recent projects or initiatives in order to demonstrate your knowledge of that.

Second, practice your thirty second pitch. It’s great to practice in the mirror or with friends, but you can also practice at the career fair. Before going to your number one company, go to another firm’s table and practice speaking to them. This allows you to shake off some nerves and prepare you for the career fair mindset. When I went to my first career fair freshman year, I went straight to the company I wanted an internship with and was so awkward because I was too nervous to effectively market myself. After visiting your dream company’s booth, go ahead and visit other booths that you hadn’t considered beforehand. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Third, make sure you’re conscientious of the career fair etiquette. This means, don’t monopolize an employer or recruiter’s time for 15-20 minutes while there is a line of 20 other students waiting behind you. But, don’t introduce yourself, drop your resume and run in under a minute. Gauge your time and don’t linger longer than you have to. With that said, try to gauge the length of your visit by how well the conversation is going.

Fourth, ask for a business card or the best way to follow up with the person you speak with. A thank you email can go a long way. Also when you’re at the career fair jot down some notes about what you talked about so you can include some specifics in your email because they are also speaking with hundreds of students. As always, you want to dress to impress so make sure you’re sporting your best business professional outfit. If you have any questions about attire, feel free to visit FDFCC for further guidance. Also, bring at least a dozen copies of your resume (Bring some extra just in case you spill coffee on one or give out more copies than you intended.)

Career fairs are a great way to learn more about an opportunity you’re interested in and for the employer to attach a name to a face, especially if you already applied to a position there. To maximize your success, prepare, be confident and follow up after your career fair experience!


The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Most Common Interview Questions & How to Answer Them

By: Addy Holmes

At some point in your life, you will have to go through an interview. This could be for anything: a job, a student org, a leadership position, etc. While employers typically ask questions that are relevant to a certain position, there are certain interview questions that are always asked, regardless of the company or industry.

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Tell Me About Yourself

This question is probably the most common way to start an interview. It’s open ended but gives the interviewer great insight into who you are as a person. Your answer shows what your passionate about and which things you find important.

I am a junior in the Business School, studying Finance Business Analytics and minoring in Statistics. On campus, I am the Executive Vice President of GW Data and an active member in the Finance and Investment Club. I have had several finance and banking internships in the past. Most recently, I interned for Barclays in financial services. I’m very interested in of data analysis and finance and am excited about the idea of a career which combines the two.”

This answer demonstrates that the student is looking for an internship (see: I’m a Junior), is interested in Finance and Data Analytics, is actively engaged on campus and has held leadership positions, and has a clear idea of what kind of job the student wants in the future.

Why do you want to work here?

This is a great opportunity to showcase your knowledge about the company. You can mention the specific role, the company culture, the company’s values and mission statement, and any other relevant information you found when you were researching the company. Your answer reaffirms your interest in the company and shows your interviewer that you are very excited to be there.

Why should we hire you?

This is where you can show your value! Up until now, you’ve probably been focused on how you can benefit from working for the company. Now it’s time to show how the company can benefit from hiring you. What unique skills do you bring to the table? If you’ve got a ton of leadership experience or have worked a lot in teams, this is a great time to bring that up. If you are really passionate about the work that the company is doing or you are highly self-motivated (back this up with examples obviously), you should mention that here.

What are your 3 greatest strengths?

For most people, it’s easy to talk about strengths. Most people know what they do well and like bragging about themselves. If you’re not sure what to talk about, take a few online career assessment quizzes such as StrengthsQuest or CareerFinder. The quizzes will identify a few of your strengths and give you an idea of a place to start. Once you’ve identified three strengths, think about examples of times you showcased these strengths. If you a strong leader, talk about a time you had to manage people or lead a group. If you are very motivated/focused, talk about how many activities/jobs/classes you have taken on.

What are your 3 greatest weaknesses?

This may be the hardest question. You are trying to show the employer your best self and you don’t want to scare them off. Many people will tell you to pick a weakness that is actually a strength (ie. I’m a perfectionist, I take on too much and spread myself too thin). Answers like that are cliché and seem a bit dishonest. A better way to handle this question is to identify your true weaknesses and think about how you are working to remedy them. For instance:

I find that a weakness of mine is public speaking or presenting to a group. Because I am very aware of this, this semester I took on a position that requires me to present to a large group on a regular basis. I believe that this will make me more comfortable with speaking in public.

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These are just a few examples of questions you will likely be asked in an interview, but of course be prepared for industry-specific questions as well. With any question that is asked, be prepared to not only give an answer but also backup your answer with an example. It is helpful to have in mind 3 to 5 scenarios that showcase a variety of skills and can be used for whatever question is asked.


The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Leveraging your Campus Involvement in the Career Management Cycle

By Zach Bachmann

Internships, internships, internships. Here at GWSB, they’re commonplace. We are fortunate to attend a university whose location affords us such amazing opportunities as Colonials to gain professional work experience while enrolled in classes over the course of a semester. While internships and other jobs can introduce you to different industries and allow you to hone in on what you want to focus your career on, these opportunities (in many cases) lack the ability for you to grow critical skills that are so desirable in today’s job market, including leadership, teamwork, communication, and many others.

Luckily, there are many opportunities for you to substantially build these important skillsets to complement your internship and other work experiences. These opportunities exist right here at GW. Your campus involvement (be it the sports team you’re on, the position you hold in your fraternity or sorority, the service organization you volunteer with) is something that can give you a serious leg up in the job application process and in the career management cycle overall.

I think back on my own journey through the internship and job search process and it’s really amazing how my campus involvement ultimately shaped the career path I took. For example, as a freshman and sophomore, I was heavily involved in my fraternity’s executive board, serving as philanthropy chairman and housing manager. These roles required a large amount of collaborating with different stakeholders, both within my fraternity and also externally with the University and other community members. The skills I learned in these roles helped prepare me for my internship with PwC as collaborating within a team and communicating effectively are two of the cornerstones of working in consulting.

Coupled with solid internship experiences, your extracurricular involvement at GW can turn your resume from good to great. This is your opportunity to show potential employers what makes you uniquely qualified. By leveraging your on-campus involvement in your resume and interviews, you can demonstrate an ability to lead, communicate effectively, and work well with others, all of which are things that will give you a greater chance of landing the job or internship of your dreams!

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GWSB Fowler Coachs’ Corner: 4 ways that our Industry Experts can help you!

4 ways that our Industry Experts can help you!

  • No idea of what it is you want to do or how to figure out a career path?
  • Have an interview and you aren’t sure if you are ready or what type of questions you should ask?
  • Struggling with your resume?
  • Not sure how to structure your cover letter?
  • Received an offer but don’t know if it is fair or meets industry standards?

If this sounds like you, don’t worry we are here to help!

Did you know that as an undergraduate student in the School of Business you have access to one-on-one career coaching by industry experts? The F. David Fowler Career Center (FDFCC) Senior Career Coaches specialize in the fields of Finance, Accounting, Consulting, Business Economics & Public Policy, Information Systems, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Sports, Events and Hospitality Management.

Coaches can assist you in the following 5 ways:

  1. Strategy Sessions: Career Exploration │ Career Leader Assessment │ Networking Strategy
  2. Professional Imprint: Resume │ Cover Letter │ Social Media (LinkedIn, etc.)
  3. Preparation: Mock Interview │ Pitch │ Research │ Offer Negotiation
  4. Leveraging Experience: Internships │Campus Organizations │ Course Projects │ Community

How do I meet with a Coach?

It’s easy! Students have three options:

  1. 15-minute Express Coaching (Ideal for quick assistance or to ask a quick question)
    • Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Monday – Wednesday from 11am – 1pm & 5pm – 6pm and on Thursday from 11am – 1pm. Sign up in the FDFCC located in Duques Hall – Suite 560.
  2. 30 or 60-minute Coaching Appointment*
    • Schedule a coaching appointment online through GWorkSB or stop by the FDFCC
  3. Telephone/Skype Coaching Appointment* (ideal for students studying abroad or away from campus)
    • Schedule a coaching appointment online through GWorkSB

 

* Service is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors


GWSBfowler Student Blog: Mastering the Recorded Video Interview

There seems to be a new trend in recruiting: the recorded video interview. Companies have started using platforms such as HireVue, Spark Hire, and VidCruiter to do preliminary, off-site interviewing at the convenience of the interviewee immediately after making it through a preliminary application screening. Usually, these interviews consist of about 3-5 questions and take only about 10-20 minutes to complete. Recently, I applied to an internship online, knowing that once the company received my application they would send me a link for the video interview and that within 2 days of receiving the link I needed to complete the interview.

How to Prepare for the Video Interview:

I prepared for the interview the way I would for any. I suggest looking over the job description, keeping in mind the keywords you can use in your responses. Also, you should always think of a response for “why you are interested in taking a position with the company you are interviewing with”, and practice and customize your elevator pitch because they will probably ask questions along the lines of “tell me about yourself” and “why are you a good fit/interested in this position.” I was asked both of these questions in my video interview, and luckily I was prepared and felt confident in my answers! 

What to Wear:

What you would wear to an in person interview! Always make sure what you are wearing is appropriate business professional. Even though the video may only show your head and shoulders, it is always better to wear a full suit. This not only makes you look professional to the interviewer, but it will help put you in a professional mindset.

Where to Go:

My advice is to complete the interview in a quiet, clean, and naturally lit space. I wouldn’t suggest a crowded coffee shop or your room if it tends to be dark and messy. Booking a study room or other private space is also a great option.  Just make sure that where you are you will not experience interruptions or distractions.

How to Conduct the Interview: Make sure your computer’s camera and microphone are working, and allot yourself enough time to conduct the interview without rushing through it. Have notes nearby, such as the job description and your master résumé that will help you prepare to answer the questions.

  • Many systems have an option for doing a practice question. I recommend doing this because it can be a little weird answering a question while looking at the recording of yourself, so this practice will help you get used to it. When answering the question, do your best to look at the camera and at the computer screen. It’s hard to keep your eyes from wandering, but do your best to pretend you are making eye contact with someone. Practice speaking slowly and clearly. Also by practicing, you can make sure that your camera and mic are working properly.
  • Once you start your interview, you may have a limited time (e.g. 3 minutes) or an unlimited time to prepare to answer the question. You will also have a limited amount of time to respond; usually 1-4 minutes so make sure to hit your main points efficiently and quickly, but again, remember not to talk to fast. If you have an unlimited prep time, make sure to use it by thinking through your response fully before recording it. Definitely use your prep time to jot down a few points to make sure you cover them in your response.
  • When you’re ready to answer, hit the start recording button and give it your all! If you are finished answering the question, and you still have a little bit of time left, don’t force yourself to fill the time, just finish the recording. This way your answers will be clear, concise, and memorable, not long and jumbled.
  • Also, at the end of the last question, remember to thank the interviewer for taking their time to view the video!

The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Company Culture

by Ryan Lasker

Interviewing for internships and full-time positions is not just about making sure you stand out and that you give all the right answers to interviewers’ questions. It’s also about determining whether the company is a good fit for you and whether you’d actually like working there.

But, it’s hard to get a sense for what a company’s culture is like when you’re not interviewing in their office or when you’re only meeting a couple professionals at the firm — not to mention all the nerves and other parts of the interview process that are occupying your mind. Take the time to meet with as many employees as possible and understand the company’s mission as well as possible.

Many companies will tell candidates that their competitive advantage over similar firms is their people, or “company culture,” which can include their employee benefits, outside-work events and general workplace style. Current employees are the ones who understand what the culture is like, and they also are the ones who perpetuate it.

Find a way to get in touch with as many professionals as possible. Getting on the phone or grabbing coffee with them will help you decide whether you would want to work with them for 40 hours (or more) every week. It is appropriate to ask them about what their workweek is like and how they balance their work with their personal life, but avoid questions about salary or highly personal subjects.

A huge part of company culture relies on the type of work you do and also how the company wants that work done. Some companies are driven more by deadlines while others prefer to focus on high-quality results. Try to align yourself with a company that has similar values to you. You can find such information on companies’ mission statement, which are generally on their websites.

Many businesses are also adopting corporate social responsibility initiatives that include paying their employees while doing community service work or matching donations to nonprofit organizations up to a certain amount. Take a look at what your potential employers do to better society.

It is impossible to understand a company culture completely without working there, but by getting to know current employees and the initiatives that management has set forth, you can get a pretty good idea of what it’s like to work for a certain company.


The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Staying Motivated and Focused During Hard Times

By Cory Shaffer

Mid-Season Motivation: Staying Motivated and Focused During Hard Times

Alas, it’s that time of the year again. Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving and Christmas break are right around the corner, and midterms are in season. In my four years here at GW, I’ve found this time period to be the most overwhelming and the most stressful. Though fall break was certainly helpful, I’m sure most of us are still feeling the pressure with another round of midterms coming up, and finals season looming in the distance. But don’t panic! I’m here to share a few helpful tips that will get you through and keep you focused and motivated as the winter weather rolls upon us.

Whether you just landed an internship offer, you’re feeling a little homesick, you didn’t do as hot on the first round of midterms as you would have liked, or you’re simply going through some personal struggles, it’s easy to find yourself down in the dumps with little motivation around this time of year. Here is some advice I’d like to share with you that’s gotten me through hard times at GW.

Smile and Take Care of Yourself

Smile, everything is going to be ok! I know it can be tough to maintain a positive attitude when faced with adversity or when struggling to find motivation. I’ve found that the best way to tackle this is to start with a smile!. Studies show that even if you are feeling depressed, if you force yourself to smile as much as possible, you will inevitably feel happier. This sounds ridiculous until you try it.

I would also suggest taking a day for yourself to detox, relax, reflect and forget. We often times carry around so much pent-up stress and anxiety and only add to this seemingly unsurmountable pressure by holding it in and spending another long night in Gelman. Though it’s certainly good to work hard, it’s best to work hard because you are motivated to do so rather than because you feel obligated to do so. Take a day or at least a few hours of “me-time” to enjoy yourself and appreciate yourself. I’ve found that after doing this, it’s much easier to get focused again and re-motivate yourself.

Now I know we’re in college, most of us are broke and probably have to skip a meal every now and then when we’re not taking advantage of free meals on campus and BOGO deals at Chipotle. That said, you can’t be your BEST YOU or work to your FULL POTENTIAL, unless you are finding the time to eat healthy! I know it’s hard, but see if you can squeeze in an apple, a banana or something green into your diet at least once a day. I often times take a bag of pretzels or apples and peanut butter with me when I study. Small snacks like these are a major help, as they keep you well-nourished throughout the day, and also serve as something to keep your hands busy as you’re studying the chapter. Whatever you do, do make sure that you are getting at least 3 meals a day. Though it can be tempting and sometimes seem bearable, skipping meals will only deplete your energy, drain your happiness, reduce your ability to focus, and evaporate your motivation to get work done.

Don’t forget to have fun! We all have hobbies and pastimes that we enjoy indulging in from time to time. Whether it be exercise, reading, writing, photography, music or even collecting Pokémon; whatever it is, don’t disengage, make sure you’re finding time to enjoy these hobbies and pastimes that you love so much.

Sit Down, Set Goals, Plan It Out

Now that you’ve found time for yourself, it’s time to sit down and get yourself organized. Creating a to-do list, or a daily schedule is a great practice as it allows you to visualize your day and everything that you need to get done. Sometimes, there’s no better feeling than having a list of everything you need to do and a game plan as to how to approach your list.

Set goals for yourself. I know, cliché, I know, who does this? Like who actually sits down and sets personal goals while in the middle of midterm season? Well, you’d be surprised at how helpful and motivating it can be. Setting social goals, academic goals and professional goals can really help to keep you focused, boost your self-esteem and actually help you GROW as a person. They don’t have to be major, maybe it’s just attending one org event, or making one new professional connection or putting in “x” number of hours studying for a particular class. Whatever they may be, the feeling of actually achieving these small goals and crossing them off your list is priceless.

Don’t forget about why you came here to GW and what you want to achieve in your four years here. Once you’re in college it can be very easy to get side-tracked and lose sight of why you came here in the first place and what you intended to accomplish. Constantly remind yourself of how hard you worked to get here and why you worked so hard in the first place. Use this as motivation! One of my favorite practices is creating a vision board- a collage of pictures, symbols and phrases that speak to where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. A vision board is a great motivational tool because it’s essentially a conglomeration of all of your goals and ambitions that drive your passion. Grab a white board from CVS, throw some lofty pictures on there and hang it on your wall. Look at it every day and watch how your focus and motivation becomes amplified and more consistent.

Good Vibes All Around

The last section is my favorite- surround yourself with positivity. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “you are what you hang around with” or “your salary can be easily determined by looking at the five people you hang around with most.” These sayings are very true. If you find yourself losing focus or motivation, look around! I bet there’s a bad apple or two that have been causing, or at least allowing your lack of motivation to live on. Surround yourself with good friends that you enjoy being around, but will also be honest with you when it comes to your work ethic. It’s not fair to yourself to constantly engage with individuals who you don’t necessarily enjoy being around or that don’t exert nearly as much energy and effort into their academic studies and career pursuits as you do. Often times we don’t even realize that it’s the people that are around us that cause us to feel a certain way, rather than our own inherent dispositions. Take a step back and look at the bigger picture: “do I really enjoy hanging with these people?” Do they genuinely care about my happiness and well-being? Do they share my work ethic, passion, ambition?

And don’t forget your family! Something that I think we are all guilty of. Having frequent conversations with Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins can have a profound effect on your attitude and energy. For me personally, talking with family keeps me grounded and reminds me of why I’m here at GW. Sometimes we can swing off of our moral compass, but it’s always nice to have a relationship with at least one family member with whom you can call to vent and gossip, reflect on old times or simply re-motivate yourself.

So here’s the message: Don’t over stress yourself. Take some “me-time” to gather your thoughts and then sit down and come up with a plan of action. The key to staying motivated is to find comfort in your surroundings and purpose in your work. The above tips should give you a strong starting point for doing so. And just remember, you’re not the only one going through it! Smile!


The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Accounting – Bigger than the Big 4

When most people hear the word Accounting, their minds instantly jump to someone sitting in a cubicle with an old-fashioned calculator crunching numbers from 9 to 5. I have got to admit, I was definitely one of those people.

That was until I went through the recruiting process and started to meet people, who claimed to be in the Accounting field. But how could that be? They all seemed so happy and talkative. There had to be a disconnect. But no, there wasn’t. Each of these people really was an accountant. After I met enough of these personable people, I realized this could actually be for me. I enjoyed my accounting classes, loved speaking with people from different companies and ultimately decided to change my concentration.

I started with the typical “Big 4” (E&Y, KPMG, PwC, Deloitte) recruiting during my sophomore year, when things really heat up for accounting recruiting. One thing unique to Big 4 accounting firms (and some smaller firms) is “externships”, which happen two years before your full-time offer. Externships are 2-3 day leadership conferences where the firm has you do lots of fun activities mixed in with some networking with the goal of seeing how you interact with others. In the end, they want to see if you would be a good fit for their firm, just as much as to see if they are a good fit for you. These can be local, national or international. I was lucky enough to my externship in Dublin, Ireland! After the externships, firms remain in contact with candidates, and most candidates will move on to do an internship with the firm of their choice, which would be for the following summer. These paid internships mix real world accounting work with dinners, team-building activities and networking, and last about 8-10 weeks. After the internship, full-time offers will come if you are offered a spot. Typically, there will be some type of brief interview after the internship, but sometimes offers can come weeks after the internship.

Besides Big 4, there are a lot of other firms with equally great opportunities. This past summer, in addition to my externship, I interned at Raffa, a public accounting firm that specializes in Nonprofit Auditing. My internship at Raffa, a smaller firm, was special for a few reasons. First of all, in my 8 weeks, I traveled to 6 different clients, and did work that would normally be assigned to a first- or second-year staff. Secondly, I had around-the-clock access to Senior Managers and Partners, who were more than willing to help me, since interns were doing a large portion of the audit work too. Lastly, a small firm gave me the opportunity to see how small companies operate on a large scale. I saw more than just one department of a company, more than just a few cash disbursements, and instead saw the inner workings of so many companies. I strongly urge accounting students to take advantage of interning during Externship season — you never know what you will learn, and you may decide that Big 4 is not for you!

Lastly, a few tips for managing Accounting recruiting:

  1. Connect regularly with your contacts — they want to hear from you as much as you want them to know who you are! At the end of the day, people hire people!
  2. Don’t be scared — the worst thing that could happen is someone says no…to a cup of coffee, to sending along your resume, to an internship. But at least you tried, right?
  3. Use your network — your peers, professors, mentors and more are here to help you. Take advantage of it!

Accounting is one of the most stable career tracks right now in our economy. There is a surplus of jobs, and accounting firms are looking for detail-oriented, smart and personable candidates who are looking to make a difference, whether it be in the Big 4 or not.

 


The Fowler Coordinator Blog: Make the Most of your Internship

By: Katie Keim

An internship is one of the most valuable experiences you can have as a college student. You can learn so much about yourself, as well as the business world, by applying, interviewing, and landing an internship position. However, once you have landed that wonderful opportunity, there are a few important things you can do to really take full advantage of your internship.

Be yourself and allow others to get to know you. This is one of the best things you can do while interning. It is important to understand your role as an intern, but you should not feel intimidated at all when talking to employees in higher positions. You were brought into the team and company for a reason so it is important to get to know the people you work with. Be sure to always smile and make eye contact as you pass someone walking through the office. Take your headphones out when you enter the building and ride up the elevator always taking advantage of an opportunity to meet someone new. Most importantly, try to eat lunch with others. While sometimes it might be nice to have a lunch by yourself, you would be wasting valuable time in getting to know other interns as well as the employees with whom you are working.

Always be sure to put your best foot forward. Try to be the first to get to the office and be the last to leave. If you are unsure of how to do something, always ask. When you have nothing assigned to you, be proactive and ask for more work. Feel free to walk around the office and talk to individuals you have previously met and ask if there is anything you can do to help them. Also, always be willing to go the extra mile. When placed on a project, complete all your required tasks and if possible suggest or do something extra that could be beneficial. It is also important that approximately half way through, and at the conclusion of your internship to meet with your supervisor and get feedback on your performance. You could ask them what you did well and what they think you could improve on. This will be hugely beneficial for your future internships.

Find a Mentor: When interning at offices and various companies, you have the ability to form meaningful relationships with various co-workers that could help you in pursuing your business career. It is important to schedule meetings to meet with the various people on your team to get to know them. You could ask them how they got to where they are in the company today, you could share with them your career goals and ask if they have any advice on how you could best succeed in fulfilling them. Once you have met with a few people, you can select a mentor who you can meet with occasionally and whom you can stay in contact with after the internship concludes.

Stay connected. As your internship comes to a close, it is important to get contact information from all of the people with whom you worked. It is also important to write thank you notes to those people. Follow up with them after a few weeks have passed and update them on your life. If it was a summer internship, mention how you are back at school and some of the courses you’re taking. It is also great to stay connected with these individuals because when you need a recommendation, you will have a variety of people to contact. Also, who knows, you might be back at that company working in the future!