Tips for Internship
Undergoing internship is the exposure to the real facet of the industry. It helps you have more understanding by being in actual situations. From there, you can also determine what you want to be five years from today. Take your training seriously, and never undermine any aspect of it. At the end of the day, what’s important is that you do your best as you learn along the way (thanks to Gordon Guy for the tip).
- You should know that you are required to attend the Internship Overview Seminar for an overview of how to apply for internship.
- Attend the Internship Openings Seminar. It’s good enough that the internship offerings are at the student portal, but at the same time, attending the seminar allows you to ask questions which may also be beneficial for other participants of the event.
- Don’t be too particular with the establishments, as it could prevent you from considering a good opportunity.
- Research about the establishment you want to apply to.
- Take down and keep notes so you can look back on them again when you need them.
- Refrain from posting vulgar language or any other offensive material on your social networking profiles.
- Construct your CV and Cover letter ahead of time. Have it reviewed by the Career Development Office as early as possible so you can make changes easily.
- Know all of the requirements beforehand. Surprises that are uncalled for are the least convenient of things while you are preparing for your internship.
- Know if there are other applicants for the same establishment, and keep in contact with them.
- Check your emails and the Student Portal daily. It is your responsibility to be up-to-date with information.
- Always have an inquisitive mind. Ask questions for clarification, or when you feel that you need to know something.
- When you are going abroad for internship, try to travel with your co-interns. Coordinate and compromise with each other which airline and what time you want to have your flight.
- Be sure to have pocket money as you travel, and make sure your cell phone has a roaming sim card, in case of emergencies.
As you Work
- Always ask questions about the establishment.
- Do not be afraid to make mistakes. It is normal to make mistakes especially when you have just started. Learn from each mistake, and keep doing your best.
- Know the rules and standards of the establishment. Keep yourself focused and determined, and be a good representative of your school, and even your country.
- On the right occasions, have small talk with your co-workers. It wouldn’t hurt to make new acquaintances, and it also keeps you from feeling stiff while working (from Karen Domingo).
- When compelled with an uneasy task, don’t say “no” to your colleagues. Accept the challenge, and show them that you can do it (from Rachel Chua).
- If you applied for a front-of-the-house position, know that you will deal with different kinds of guests as you work. If a guest was rude to you, still perform at your best and don’t let the incident upset you too much.