How To Prepare For Your Summer Internship

Posted June 6, 2014 by Lisa Granshaw in On the Ladder
InternThe summer is almost here which means as you’re finishing up classes and finals you’re probably thinking about starting that internship you were so excited to get this semester. Whether this is your first internship or you’ve had a few and feel like an old pro, there are still things you should do to prepare before you start. These things will ensure you start off on the right foot and hopefully have an informative, successful, and fun internship for the next three months.

Here are five ways to prepare for your internship:

  1. Know Your Company. Most likely you already have a working knowledge of the company and industry from your interview prep but since it’s probably been awhile refresh your knowledge! Check out the latest company news, see what people are saying about it on social media, try to get a sense of the company culture, and get up to date on any industry terminology that you might need to know.
  2. Find The Best Way To Get There And Arrive Early. You don’t want to have to worry about finding your way there the morning you’re supposed to start! Get directions ahead of time and practice traveling there so you’ll recognize the route your first day. It’s better to be early than late, so plan to get there 10 to 15 minutes early to impress.
  3. Buy The Right Outfit. Do people wear suits and dresses at the company? Are comfortable shoes allowed because you’ll be running around? Take note in your research and from your experience in the interview of how you should dress for the internship. If you need to update your closet, try to get a few things beforehand so you don’t realize you need to run to the store after your first day before going back the next!
  4. Mentally And Physically Prepare. If this is your first internship, your mind might be ready to turn off the next few months instead of focusing on work. Try to keep yourself on track by getting enough sleep and keeping active by reading or doing other mentally stimulating tasks even when you’re off. Eat healthy and make sure you’re ready to bring lunch and snacks to work so you can keep up your energy.
  5. Have The Right Tools. No matter the internship, you’re probably going to need to take notes not just for the job, but also so you can ask questions and learn! Make sure you have a notepad, pens, and any other helpful materials you might need.

About the Author

Lisa Granshaw

Lisa Granshaw is a freelance writer and career consultant based in New York City. Her company, Media Career Consulting LLC, offers a variety of consulting services to young professionals interested in a career in the media and communications industry. She began her career as a NBC Page, worked as a production assistant at Nightly News with Brian Williams, and was a producer and writer for the TODAY Show's website. Her work has appeared on The Daily Dot,,, Vetstreet, Blastr, and more.