During in-person training, the SEO Career Class of 2017 learned how to make the most of their summers and all that SEO has to offer. Carla Harris, SEO Career Class of ’82, laid out her expert tips in a 10-week plan, starting with week one and following all the way through to getting the offer. Here are a few key takeaways we gleaned from Carla’s advice to keep in mind when preparing for your internships in 2018:
- Week 1: Be early, meet everyone, and connect with your superiors. Ensure your team knows you are enthusiastic, energized, and engaged.
- Week 2: Grab lunch with your group and start working on your assignment. Some interns will be assigned one major project that will span the duration of their internship. Others will be assigned tasks as needed. If you have not yet been assigned a project, ask your assignment manager!
- Week 3: Continue working on your projects and be sure to ask what success looks like. Show signs that you understand your assignments and are working towards your goals.
- Week 4: You should be deep into your assignments and showing progress by now. Be resourceful and find the right people to ask for help. Talk to your superiors — let them know you are grateful for the internship, learning a lot, and that you enjoy working at the company.
- Week 5: The decision to extend theoffer doesn’t happen in week 10, it happens in week 5. You should have a clear path to the finalization of your major assignment, or show that you are completing your projects quickly and accurately.
- Week 6: Network! Touch base with other interns from your school. Have lunch with a senior member of your company. Talk to your HR representative. And remember to ask memorable questions to set yourself apart from the rest.
- Week 7: Show your efficiency — you should be nearly finished with your major assignment. Ask for a new project! If you have been assigned tasks on an ongoing basis, show that you have been completing your projects and are happy to take on more responsibilities.
- Week 8: Work hard on your new assignment and ensure on-time delivery of your ongoing projects. Continue to show your dedication by being first to arrive and last to leave.
- Week 9: Get ready to present. If you had a major assignment, you may have to prepare a presentation to show your work. Start working on your presentation, get advice, and make sure your work is accurate and final. If you’ve been working on several projects throughout the summer, compile a report on your work and show a timeline from assignment to delivery.
- Week 10: Practice your presentation every moment you can, and ace the delivery. Make connections with people that will last beyond your internship. Tell everyone you had the honor of working with how much you enjoyed your summer and that you appreciated their help throughout.
Other things we learned from Carla were to make time to attend all intern and professional events, ensure your work is always free of errors, and build strong relationships with those around you. With these tips in mind and with hard work and dedication, we are sure that our SEO Career interns will #GetTheOffer!