7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship ...

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The point of taking up (unpaid) employment during your undergraduate or graduate school years is to make the most of your summer internship experience.

Now that you've made the grades, it's time to get out in the world and make some connections while learning about the career you plan on pursuing after graduation.

One of the best ways to do this is through an internship, specifically in the summer when you can give it your undivided attention.

So, how can you make the most of your summer internship and help nail yourself a job in this tough economy?

Check out these tips to find out!

1. Learn Practical Skills

Once you graduate college, you will quickly learn that on-the-job skills are much different from what you learned sitting in the classroom.

While your classes are valuable, the key to being effective in the career of your choice is to learn as many practical skills on the job as you possibly can.

Personally, I like to note the stark contrast in classes versus the job, and keep them in mind when I'm interviewing with future employers.

You will be viewed as more valuable if you not only have mastered classroom studies, but also have some practical training.

2. Network

You can never have too many professional connections.

Use your internship to get familiar with your boss, employees, and other interns.

These people will be great sources to help you learn more about that job, and are likely willing to act as mentors to you.

As for other interns, you never know when your paths may cross again, so be friendly and mingle with them as well.

The knowledge that employees in a specific field have is invaluable and will certainly assist you in your future career.

3. Secure a Solid Letter of Recommendation

If you're doing an exceptional job and being a shining star (which is necessary to leaving a good impression on the company) the entire summer, people will be more likely to lend you a helping hand.

When applying to law school, I was able to secure recommendations from an array of employees where I interned during the previous summer.

People were very willing to help me based on the way I carried myself while at the internship.

While this is not a guarantee and should not be the main reason you do a great job at your internship, it is definitely something to keep in mind.

If you are able to get a letter of recommendation, be sure to send a thank you note to the person.

Starbucks gift cards are a nice touch as well.

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