12 Things I Learned in 12 Weeks this Summer

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This summer, I had the amazing experience to not only work at one, but two different places and be paid! I had a lot of fun this year and I wanted to share some of the great advice my mentor and different managers gave to me throughout my internship. Here are twelve pieces of advice I learned during the twelve weeks I spent in both San Francisco and London: 

  1. It's better to be over prepared than underprepared for meetings and events. 
  2. Ask questions to clarify information so that you don't make mistakes 
  3. Pay attention to what's going on around you -  even if you aren't sure if something applies to you or is important for you to know. 
  4. Finding your niche is important but don't just do one thing. Become known for something specific, but also branch out enough that you have enough visibility throughout your career. 
  5. It's okay to make mistakes, but you should learn how not to repeat the same ones after. 
  6. Sometimes you may not get along with someone and that's okay, but you can learn to work around it and get what you need to get done done in time. 
  7. Time differences mean that sometimes you are working from 6am to 12am in meetings with people in San Francisco and Singapore when you are in London - drink coffee to keep up and make sure you know how to take notes that you can read them later on. 
  8. The IT desk is not always reliable (or open) when you need them to be, so be prepared for things to go wrong and not be fixed for a few days. 
  9. Take breaks throughout the day and walk around, it helps avoid getting stuck in a rut. 
  10. Get to know the people you work with (both other interns and full time employees), and don't isolate yourself to just your team. 
  11. Diversify what you are working on, try to collaborate with other teams, take advantage of resources your company offers and other tasks to branch out your experience. 
  12. Sometimes you won't get anything done in a meeting and that's okay, follow up emails are your best friends. 

I learned a lot more (both personally and professionally) during my internship this summer, and I am incredibly grateful my team took a chance to send me to London to work with the European team. What did you learn during your internships this summer? Let me know your favorite thing in the comments!