Yeah, networking is hard–how does that work again? I haven’t exactly figured it out, but I know that the more time I’ve spent with one of my supervisors the more likely I was to hear from them after my internship had ended. This doesn’t mean you have to be BFFs with your boss. It just means expressing an interest in what you do, what they do, and the industry.
I remember in one super crazy, fast-paced internship I had no idea if I was doing well–it was all happening so fast! I asked my supervisor to sit down with me and review some of my work (when she had free time). While she was pointing out my strengths and weaknesses we got to talking about how she landed her job, where she went to school, and what my other interests were.
A few months after my internship had ended she got in touch with me about working with her on another project. Nothing is a guarantee, but asking for advice is always great because . . . you get free advice!
And don’t forget your fellow interns will be mega important too someday, talk shop with them and keep in touch. Thank you, Facebook!
Are you interning this summer? Have you ever interned? In what field? What was it like? Let us know in the comments.