Before you walk in for that first day, don’t forget to ask for a synopsis or work expectations, how many hours you will be expected to work and what items you will be expected to have in order to perform your job.
When in doubt, ask!
The next tip goes hand in hand with the previous one. There have been many times that I have been befuddled by what was tasked to me. Sometimes I would sit there for an incredulous amount of time trying to figure it out on my own. While it is good to develop that level of independence, many times this strategy leads to a lot of lost time that could be used more propitiously by asking for help. There is often times no consequences to asking for help when you sincerely have no idea about what to do, so just do it! Adding to this, you never want to be seen slacking off and using your phone (an utmostly egregious workplace sin). When there is unavoidable downtime, ask if there is something productive that you can do in this free time. Your employer will love you for it.
Confidence is key
Finally, as an intern in the busyness and stress of the job, it is easy to start feeling that you are insignificant. In these times, you shouldn’t forget that you are there for a reason. Someone took the time to interview you and is now entrusting you with duties that affect their company or organization. You are important! Many places seek out interns for their fresh viewpoints and unbiased perspectives that haven’t been tainted by years of doing the same job that harbors a linearity in opinions. so don’t be afraid to voice your opinions and bringing your new and fresh ideas to the table. Your boss will again appreciate it(most times) and bosses appreciating their interns is never a bad thing.