I am at a comfortable point of my internship. For the most part, my day at work has become a routine. I have submitted two monthly projects and have a firm understanding of what to do and what is expected of me. I’ve noticed that I am submitting deliverables quickly and I am starting to have free time at work. I was very proud of myself because this proved how much I have improved at my job and I received praise from my supervisor.
However, as comfortable as I got, I started understanding what it meant to “take control of your internship experience”. It was important that I communicated with my boss to ensure that we were both getting what we wanted out of my time at DOT. I told my boss today that I was interested in sitting in on more meetings that my supervisor had because I wanted to be able to hear how my work was being used and what topics were being discussed.
In addition, I also told my boss that I was interested in Human Resources. I was nervous to do so at first but I really wanted to share what I was thinking and try to use the resources around me. Thankfully, she was happy that I had shared my interests and even set up a meeting for me to meet the Director of HR at the Office of the Secretary.