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Do’s And Dont’s for Success in Virtual Internships

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Written by Mithila

In this year alone, we have witnessed a shift – a digital transformation – in the way society operates. For instance, schools and campuses take to online learning, consumers are shopping online, and there are more employees working from home. Students who desire for a work-learning experience during this time would find themselves opting for virtual internships.

 

Here are some do’s and don’ts that will help you ace your virtual internship.

 

DO:

 

1. Manage Your Time Well

 

Contrary to the office environment which gives you the added motivation and tangible sense of accountability, working from home may give the sense of freedom to relax since you are not being watched. It is important to keep in mind that each task carries weight and that your company is counting on you to do them well. Manage your time effectively by creating a “to-do” list, make provisions for any urgent tasks that would
require your assistance and stick with your plan.

 

2. Be Proactive and Communicate Clearly

 

The lack of physical meetings in virtual internships translates to communication via various online platforms. To increase efficiency, always communicate clearly. Having a problem? Shoot a text and explain. Completed your task? Inform your mentor right away! Always be sure to keep your boss and colleagues in the loop so things can flow smoothly.

 

3. Show Enthusiasm

 

Although you won’t be able to express yourself in person, you can still show enthusiasm by assisting a co-worker complete an urgent task, asking questions, and even staying socially connected with your colleagues through networking sites such as Zoom, Skype, etc. This makes you stand out and leave a good impression on your mentor and colleagues.

 

DON’T:

 

1. Be Afraid to Ask for Help, Clarification or Feedback

 

If there is something you are unsure about, or if you have completed a particular task and you feel there is room for improvement, it is not the time to be silent. Asking for clarification or feedback can help you progress with your tasks quickly or improve your work immensely.

 

2. Be Shy to Contribute Ideas Just Because You’re an Intern

 

You may feel like you’re at the bottom of the corporate ladder but you are still part of the company and your boss and colleagues are counting on you to unleash your potential and succeed as a team. Be it a routine task or a huge project, never be afraid to give your idea or opinion.

 

3. Cover up Mistakes at Work

 

The opportunity to learn as an intern also means owning up to your mistakes and learning from them. If you’ve made errors in your work or even missed a deadline, take ownership and provide solutions to rectify your mistake and prepare for future setbacks.

 

Virtual internships are a great way to learn how to work independently and acquire a skill valued by employers. Remember, always keep an open mind and be adaptable to get the best out of your virtual internship experience.