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Maximize Your Opportunity as an Intern

internOnce you have an internship, do a first-class job with every task you are given, even the menial tasks. Everyone “pays their dues” when they are starting a new career, and those who do it with a positive attitude can make a great impression.

Look for any opportunities to get actual decorating experience-even if it means working a few more hours than you originally agreed to. Volunteer to help out whenever you can. Be someone who does such a great job that you will be missed when the internship is over.

Here are some tips for making the most of your internship:

  • Don’t forget to ask questions. If you are unsure about a task you have to complete, or even if you’re just curious about some aspect of the decorating business, ask your supervisor. It’s their job to supervise you, but they can also be a valuable source of information, as well.
  • Work on what interests you. If a project comes up that you would like to work on, ask your supervisor if you can get involved.
  • Get organized. Keep records of your work. Consider starting a journal of your internship activities, and try to document every project you work on for your portfolio. Keeping track of everything you’ve learned can help you when you apply for a job in the future.
  • Set up evaluation sessions with your supervisor. This gives you a chance to ask about projects or assignments and get feedback on your performance.
  • Learn what the other employees in the company are responsible for. This will give you an idea of what other types of jobs there are in the decorating industry.
  • Attend professional association meetings. Your company likely belongs to at least one; ask your supervisor about attending a meeting.
  • Keep a list of networking contacts.

At the end of the internship, ask your supervisor for a written letter of reference. If you have done exceptional work, you may even get a job offer from the company you interned for.

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