Taking Initiative at Work

By Salma Siddiqui

Taking Initiative as an Intern

By Salma Siddiqui

Many times, interns at a company are competing for a position with a limited number of openings and have to go above and beyond to stand out to their supervisors and other members of the company as well. One important thing that interns should do to stand out of the crowd is to take initiative and assume responsibility for assignments. This can be done in a variety of ways. For instance, interns can learn to anticipate certain assignments or projects that will have to be completed weekly or bi-weekly. That way, an intern can volunteer for the project and have it done ahead of schedule to display their responsibility and initiative, impressing their employers.

Another thing that interns can do is organize events/outings. Whether this is a weekend paintball retreat or a night at a restaurant, it illuminates the commitment to the company that the intern has. Organizing a philanthropic outing such as a day of building with Habitat for Humanity or volunteering at a blood drive with American Red Cross is something to talk about on a resume as well.

To promote physical activity, interns can advertise local 5k/10k walks for charitable causes to get people involved. This is another of the various ways that interns can take initiative while also contributing to important causes. This will also provide the intern with a sense of pride and accomplishment.


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