Finding a job after college is stressful, especially when competition gets fiercer each year. Internships are the perfect way to build relationships before graduating, and turning your internship at W2O into a full-time job is an amazing way to ease the transition from life as a college student to a professional.
While I was an undergraduate student at Northeastern, I spent my six-month co-op working at W2O’s Boston office as a digital health intern. After finishing my co-op, I moved to an account associate position working with clients in the biotechnology industry. At this point, I had already spent six months immersed in the culture and the client work at W2O, which helped relieve the stress so many of us may feel when embarking on a new chapter after graduation. Keep reading for 10 tips on how to turn your W2O internship into a full-time job!
1. Be on Time
One of the easiest ways to make a good impression at your internship is to show up on time. It’s important to stick to the schedule you agreed upon with your supervisor. Arrive early and don’t rush out the door as soon as the clock hits 5:00 pm! Maintaining a consistent schedule lets your coworkers know that you’re reliable, and shows them the time management skills you established in college by juggling classes, extracurricular activities and socializing.
2. Stay Informed
Keeping our clients informed is what we do at W2O. This means we need to stay informed ourselves, so making sure to stay on top of industry news is key. Whether it’s reading newsletters every day on your morning commute or listening to a podcast while you work, be a voracious consumer of information and find the way that works best for you to stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends and developments.
3. Get Ready to Wear Many Hats
As an intern at W2O, you have the opportunity to work with dozens of different clients, from digital health to big pharma to startup biotechnology companies. This is a huge part of what makes W2O exciting! Every day brings something different, and as an intern, you can try out many projects working with various teams and clients. Take on different roles and figure out what you like best.
4. Don’t be Afraid to Make Mistakes
As we’ve all been told, “everyone makes mistakes.” Oversights and slip-ups happen, and all your coworkers have been there before! The most important thing is how you deal with your mistake. Admitting when you’re wrong or when you’ve made a mistake on a project is the first step to making it right. Acknowledge the mistake to your team, offer a recommendation on how to correct, and align on how to fix it. Which brings us to…
5. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Don’t let a minor error ruin your outlook on a team or a project. Try not to be so hard on yourself—just continue doing your best and show your willingness to improve, and your coworkers will forget all about it. Just be sure not to make the same mistakes repeatedly!
6. Get Involved in Company Culture
Every W2O office has a Culture Committee that plans fun team-building events for you and your coworkers. As a co-op in the Boston office, I joined the “Small Events Committee,” which includes shopping for and decorating our bi-weekly happy hour cart, and planning activities like our pumpkin-carving contest, Cinco de Mayo party and Thanksgiving potluck. Joining Culture Committee is a great way to get to know your coworkers’ interests outside of work and helps you feel like part of the company.
7. Make Connections
The W2O Boston office is small enough that we all know each other’s names, but large enough that we have an impressive range of career paths and skill sets. Take advantage of the diverse backgrounds and experiences of your coworkers by setting up meetings to pick their brains. Developing personal relationships with them will help your network grow and will help you learn more about the clients and projects across the agency network. For me, this was how I was able to successfully transition from a digital health co-op to an account associate focused on biotechnology. When you figure out what area of healthcare you’re most interested in—for me, it was early-stage biotech companies—ask around to find out who you can talk to about getting involved.
8. Go Above and Beyond
Showing your willingness to go the extra mile will definitely impress your manager and coworkers. Whether it’s staying late to help a client through a major milestone or sharing relevant news stories with your team, going above and beyond is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the internship role and engage with coworkers and clients.
9. Make the Most of Company Resources
Working at W2O means you’re part of a global network of communications, marketing, digital and analytics experts. With 13 offices in three countries, the W2O team stretches beyond Boston across continents and time zones. We think of the W2O teams as working along a “long hallway,” which refers to the ease with which we can connect and collaborate with coworkers around the world, almost as if they’re just down the hall and not thousands of miles away. Get to know coworkers beyond the Boston office in order to expand your network and learn tips and tricks from colleagues around the globe.
10. Ask for (and Respond Appropriately to) Feedback
Fostering an open line of communication with your manager and coworkers is an important part of learning and growing as an intern. Be sure to ask for feedback on each of your projects, as it will help you learn what you did well and how to improve moving forward. Part of receiving feedback is responding appropriately, so remember that your W2O coworkers are sharing their thoughts because they want you to succeed. Try not to take the constructive feedback personally, and instead, use it to grow as an employee!
Bonus: Get to Know Boston!
Our Boston office is right downtown, making your internship a great opportunity to learn your way around the many neighborhoods of the city. Take advantage of the “T” after work and on the weekends to explore all that Boston has to offer, from cannoli in the North End to the foliage in Arnold Arboretum to kayaking in the Charles! Getting to know the city is a great way to have some fun while you’re here and to ease the transition from college to your post-grad job.
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