How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship

By Kaitlin Bressler, Undergraduate Career Consultant

With summer right around the corner, there is no better time than the present to determine how you will make the most of the journey you are about to embark on. Here are some tips to help you be most successful before, during, and after your internship.

Preparing for your Summer Internship:

Set Personal Goals

Before your summer internship, write a list of goals you hope to achieve over the summer. These goals can be work related, such as completing a certain type of project, or these could even be some personal goals you’ve set for yourself. For example, getting out of your comfort zone, or simply meeting new people and creating new relationships this summer. It’s a good idea to document these goals so that you can go back at the end of your internship and do some self-reflecting and hopefully realize that you’ve grown a lot throughout the course of your internship experience.

Seek out Alumni

It is always a good idea to reach out to alumni at your organization, or even just in your city so you have someone you can look to as a resource. Before you begin your internship, set up an initial coffee or lunch meeting. Have a list of good conversation starters prepared for when you meet up, such as “How did you originally find your position?” or “What do you enjoy the most about working at _____?” This person will likely be a great resource or mentor for you, especially if you are moving to a new city for your internship.

Dress Successfully

Make sure you know the office dress code expectations for the summer. If dress is business professional, you will want to make sure you’re prepared with the appropriate attire before the summer internship starts. Companies have different dress policies, so it’s a good idea to reach out to your HR representative to make sure you’re aware of the company dress policies before you start the internship.

Things to Consider During your Internship:

First Impressions/Confidence

It’s always important to maintain a good first impression. Make sure to be on time, and always be prompt to meetings, even if everyone else is not. During your internship it is important to remember that you are being observed under a magnifying glass, so try to minimize errors, but realize it is always ok to ask for help or clarification on projects. Try to find opportunities to contribute your ideas in group meetings, and find a way to be indispensable.

Track your Internship Projects

It is a good idea to keep track of all the projects you work on this summer. Good documentation of these assignments will help you in the future to remember what exactly you worked on (which will come in handy during future resume writing or interviewing).

Solicit Feedback

Make sure you have frequent check-in meetings with your internship supervisor and seek out feedback on your goals and achievements. Knowing your progress will help you be a more successful professional in the long run.

Handling Social Situations

Build the right kind of reputation by maintaining a high level of professionalism throughout the summer internship. Make an effort to get to know many people at your internship location this summer, and try to be friendly and open when communicating with colleagues or peers.

Stay in Touch with Internship Contacts

Staying in touch with contacts is extremely valuable. You never know when you will need a good recommendation, or need to consult someone about a new project you are working on. Because past colleagues can be great resources or references, it is good to maintain relationships so you can reach out to them if you’re ever in need.

Don’t forget to take that Buckeye Pride into your interview…

Last week, the Fisher Futures class was given the opportunity to listen to Jeff Rice, the executive director of the Office of Career Management. While there were many “pearls of wisdom” in his talk, the single most important piece of advice he gave us was to remain confident in the job search and to take pride in ourselves as Buckeyes. As we prepare for our futures and begin to journey toward internships, interviews, and other challenges, it is very important to keep in mind Jeff’s message of confidence building. Often times, we will be competing with students from other schools who misguidedly believe they have the upper hand in competing with us and we need to keep Jeff’s thoughts in mind and maintain our internal self-confidence regarding the quality of our school and Fisher College of Business.

Fisher is a premier business school, recognized by Businessweek as the 34th and 12th best public business school for undergraduate and graduate studies, respectively. Beyond that, Businessweek states we are the 9th best worldwide for the executive MBA. Our business school produces CEOs of companies and leaders around the globe. These statistics and confidence builders are so important to remember as we go forth. Jeff was very astute in telling the Fisher Futures class that, as Buckeyes, we must be proud and understand there is no geographical constraint to our job search and the opportunities are infinite.

Katherine Stith – Fisher Futures Program

Fisher Spring Internship & Job Fair 2015 – Everything You Need to Know!

2015 Fisher Spring Internship and Job Fair
February 3, 2015
2pm – 6PM
The Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballrooms
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR’S FAIR:
  • There is NO admission fee for students
  • Get the OSU Career Fair mobile app to access the Company Major Charts and the Fisher Spring Job and Internship Fair Map now! Booklets with company information will NOT be printed
  • Bring your BuckID, as you will need to swipe to get in
  • $1 per item coat check –  located on first floor across from Station 88

Spring Internship & Job Fair Company Hiring NeedsGet the app!  Download the OSU Career Fair+ mobile app to research companies attending the event along with the majors and job types employers are recruiting.

Log on to FisherConnect to view attending companies and submit your resume before the event. There is no preregistration required; students will register as they arrive at the fair.

Internship & Job Fair Prep Workshops

Wednesday, January 28  12:30-1:30pm  Schoenbaum 315

Thursday, January 29  1:00-2:00pm  Schoenbaum 209

Friday, January 30  2:30-3:30pm Schoenbaum 209

2015 Leadership Summit

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Want to stand out for job opportunities? The 2015 Leadership Summit is an annual, all-day experience that seeks to bring together aspiring student leaders from across Ohio State’s campus. This event will allow you the opportunity to uncover your leadership strengths and network.  The itinerary includes a VP of UPS opening speaker, break-out development sessions held by industry professionals and dinner with company recruiters.

The 2015 Leadership Summit will be held at the Ohio Union on January 31st from 1-7 PM.

Deadline to register is December 15th.

Find out more information and register online http://www.osuleadershipsummit.com/student-registration.html!

The Art of Politely Declining a Job Offer

by Sarah Steenrod, Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation & Programs

You’ve finally accepted a job offer – CONGRATULATIONS! It’s time to celebrate!

BUT…before you do so…Hold up!…Wait a minute!

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Take some time to reach out to any employers you have received offers from or if you are choosing to remove yourself from a company’s candidate pool. It’s better to do this sooner rather than later, as it could help another candidate have an opportunity you are no longer interested in.

You might be saying to yourself, this all sounds good, but what is the best way to go about doing so? We thought you might ask, so we went ahead and pulled together some tips:

Pick up the phone. It is likely that a recruiter has gone out of their way to provide you with information and answer any questions you have had throughout the recruiting process. Show them the same respect and personalized approach by reaching out to have a conversation.

Be very appreciative. Declining an offer can be very intimidating to job seekers. Before cutting to the chase, it always helps to lead in to the conversation by showing your appreciation of their time and interest in you.

Avoid the one liner. Whether in an email or over the phone, nothing feels more like a “slap in the face” to a recruiter than when a student sends them a one line message declining the offer.

Be transparent. It can be very helpful for a recruiter to know why you decided to go with another company or opportunity. Students can either feel free to provide some information about their decision making process and why they chose the company they did or be prepared for questions about their decision. Recruiters often have to report back to their team when offers are declined and it can be helpful to have some context. Some factors may be out of their control, such as a geographic or industry preference, but other factors could be within their control, such as offering housing or relocation assistance.

Keep in touch. A company you decline today might be your target five years from now. It’s always good to keep in touch with people you met during the process. Chances are if they liked you well enough to want to hire you, they will have an interest in keeping in touch as professional colleagues.

Remember – It’s a Small World. Recruiters often change companies and they rarely forget when they’ve been burned. They’re human, right? You should be in good shape if you do the right thing, tell the truth, and always say thank you! Not only are you representing yourself, you are representing the Fisher College of Business and The Ohio State University. Feel free to reach out to the Office of Career Management and schedule an appointment if you would like to discuss anything more specific to your situation 292-6024.

Again, congratulations on accepting an employment offer!