A lot of companies are moving towards virtual internship and a lot of small businesses who need help with their company are looking at virtual internships because they can’t afford to either physically bring someone in or they don’t have an office space. There are a lot of pros and cons of doing a virtual internship, but regardless you should strive to have a successful virtual internship. Below are are 6 Tips for a Successful Virtual Internship.
1. Build a Relationship With Your Manager
Your manager is someone that you will be working with a lot, especially if it’s a small business. Your manager will also be able to write you a letter of recommendation or give you a good reference if you put the virtual internship on your resume and a company you are trying to work for calls them.
2. Maintain Communication
When you are doing a virtual internship, maintaining communication with your manager and team members is KEY! If your manager uses a communication platform, make sure you check-in daily to see what’s happening with the team and the organization. It’s also important to maintain communication because if you don’t, you’ll no longer be interested in the internship and may drop off.
3. Make a Schedule
Doing a virtual internship can sometimes be easy to forget about your work or to put off your work. Make sure you create a daily schedule and use a planner that includes your responsibilities in your virtual internship.
4. Take Initiative
If you don’t speak with your boss often, make sure you are taking initiative and are getting ahead on task.
5. Ask for Feedback
The purpose of an internship is to grow and to learn professionally. Ask your manager for feedback of how you are doing, so that you can get better and so that you can learn.
6. Don’t Wait for Deadlines
Stay ahead of the curve. Now this is something I struggle with in my role as a Newsletter Assistant, but don’t wait for deadlines. If you have to schedule Newsletters to be sent out on Wednesday, make sure you have it done and completed by that Monday! That way you’re not rushing the day of to get things done.