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1. Choosing a suitable organizationTo ensure that you gain the most out of an internship, it is essential to choose an organization that aligns with your goals. While conventional wisdom points to internships as being experimental periods where you explore what you wish to do in the future, that isn’t the case for undergraduate internships.
2. Being preparedNow that you’ve decided where to go, it is important to start learning more about the organization. Learn about the people within it and the work the organization does. Specifically, check out the departments that you may end up working in and look up individuals you may be working for while on your internship. Read up on their current and past projects to gain a better understanding of their work, which will allow you to then do more independent research and evaluation to come up with ideas on how you can add value to their work. In addition to learning more about the field, this also will give you an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained from school in real world situations and also show your supervisors that you are keen on a career in the sector.
3. Forging networksLast but certainly not least and perhaps the most underlooked aspect is that undergraduates do not consider are the numerous networking opportunities available during internships. If you have completed the two tips above, you should be in an excellent position to start building your connections with individuals in the field.
We wish all of you the very best in your internships and do comment below on how these tips may have benefited you!