Top 5 Skills Interns Should Have

Have you ever wondered how you can become a better intern? Well, the first step to becoming a better version of yourself as an intern would be mastering the 5 must-have skills as listed below. Make sure to give comments of thanks if you get offered a full-time job because of these awesome tips 😉

1: Teamwork

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Teamwork is a highly prized skill, no matter where you are working at. If you are placed in a team, then it is impossible for the team to function without teamwork. Teamwork makes tasks which are normally impossible for a single person to handle possible through delegation of tasks and even the providence of emotional support. It is extremely important to learn how to function within a team because more often than not, no matter where you go in your career progression, you will have to work with other people.

2: Management Skills

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Sometimes, when you are an intern, you can be tasked with more than the simple coffee runs or the administrative filing works. If you are employed in a meaningful internship that challenges you to grow, you will need to spearhead a few initiatives of your own. In this case, you will need to have good management skills in order to ensure that your project will turn out well. Do brush up on your management skills – planning, organizing, delegation, communication and even motivation. You never know when your next big break might come when you are an intern!

3: Versatile/ Coachable

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It doesn’t matter if you are an intern or even a manager, having a humble state of mind is always important to have. Be versatile and remain open to new ideas and concepts. If you have been lucky enough to have been assigned with a mentor who coaches you throughout your internship experience, be sure to learn as much as you can from the mentor. Be coachable and never let your ego get the best of you. Remember, there’s always something to learn from everyone you meet! Allow your internship to teach you new things and let yourself master new skills.

4: Creativity

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If you are able to come up with novel solutions to age-old problems your company has been facing throughout their history, then you would definitely be considered as a rock star intern. Even though creativity has often been thought of as something which a person either has or doesn’t, there are ways in which you could enhance your “thinking out of the box” skills. Challenge yourself each and every day to look at things and problems from several different perspectives. After all, creativity often flows after you have been exposed to several facets of the problem.

5: Research & Analytical Skills

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Interns who are adept at research and analytical skills are able to assess situations and problems in the company, and through research, propose the best solutions suited for the occasion. It is no wonder bosses normally love such interns. A way to improve on your analytical skills would be to, wait for it, play strategy games. We know, right? How fun! You get to play games and yet be able to brush up on your analytical skills! As for research, it is mostly practice. Google would likely become your best friend!

 

These are the top 5 skills interns should definitely possess! Are there anymore which you can think of? Be sure to let us know by commenting!

Before you leave, do you know why you should intern?

References:

http://www.hercampus.com/career/jobs-internships/5-skills-you-need-every-internship-how-get-them

http://internships.about.com/od/internshipsuccess/a/The-Top-10-Skills-Employers-Want.htm

https://icc.ucdavis.edu/lab/articles/Skills.htm

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