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The ultimate guide to having a great first day at your internship

The first day of your summer internship can be a little intimidating. The pressure is on to impress your supervisors and other employees. With these tips, you will be the most confident and prepared one in the room!

1. Wear the perfect outfit.

Part of making a great first impression is dressing appropriately. It is best to dress more conservative and professional on the first day. You don’t want to stand out because you are wearing a flashy outfit (leave the leopard print and bedazzled blazers at home!). Make sure your tattoos and body piercings are covered as well. For women, your outfit should NOT include skirts that are too short, pants that are too tight, necklines that are too low, or excessively high heels. A white blouse is always a safe choice. For men, you should wear a clean, ironed shirt, tie, and dress shoes. Do NOT wear baseball caps or tennis shoes.

2. Bring ALL paperwork.

It is important to bring the completed paperwork on your first day. If not, you may not legally be allowed to begin work. Take time the night before to make sure you are prepared.

3. Shake hands with everyone.

When introducing yourself, shake hands with everyone you meet. Not only will this show your professionalism, it will also show you care about being there. People will remember you!

4. Don’t look at your phone.

Leave your phone in your bag or pocket! It is impolite and sends the message that you are bored or unenthused about the opportunity. Even if other interns or employees are on their phones, don’t do it.

5. Bring a journal.

A lot of information will be thrown at you on the first day. The best way to remember it all is to write it down in a journal. Journaling will allow you to keep track of people’s names, assigned tasks, day-to-day activities, and overall goals.

6. Ask questions.

There can be confusion when various tasks are explained. If you are confused at any point, ask questions! This goes for after the first day as well. Asking questions lets your supervisor and other employees know that you are engaged and want to learn all there is to know about the work you are doing.

Lastly, take a deep breath. Everything will be fine! By following these tips, you will start off your internship strong!

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