Before you Arrive at your Internship

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs, Professionalism | Tags: , , , , |

Communicating with Your Internship – Prior to Arrival

If you have not communicated with your internship supervisor a week or two prior to your arrival to determine logistics of your first day, you should do so.  Call (preferred) or email the appropriate person to let them know that you are looking forward to beginning your internship, and to confirm or determine important information regarding your first day.

Things to cover:

When and Who:  Be sure they know when to expect you – what day you plan to begin work.  Determine what time you need to report, and who you are to report to on your first day.

Where:  Get the physical address of the office, including room number.  Sometimes the mailing address is different than the actual office location.  Ask for directions, parking options and if there is a preferred entrance.

Dress Code:  If they have not provided you with a dress code, you should ask if there is one, or if they have any suggestions regarding attire.  Remember that first impressions count!

Paperwork: If they have not asked you to complete any paperwork, you might ask if there are any forms they need you to complete prior to your first day, or if there is any recommended reading.  (You should have already become familiar with the organization via their website – if you haven’t — do it now!)  If you have completed paperwork for them, did they receive it?

Taking a little time to touch base before you arrive will reduce some of the stress that you might be feeling as you begin the new learning experience.



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