Power suit? Check.
Career development plan? Check.
You’ve got everything you need to rock your internship and impress your new boss. Chances are, however, you do not have five crucial dates in your calendar. These dates might not seem like a big deal now, but recognizing them can give your career an extra little boost in the future.
October 16 might not mean anything to you … until now. Flip ahead in your calendar ASAP and mark down that it’s National Boss’s Day. Although bosses often get vilified as the bad guys (or gals) in the office, in actuality most bosses work hard to encourage, protect and nurture their employees. Trust me, there are plenty of times your boss goes to bat for you behind closed doors, and this holiday recognizes their efforts. So bring in a card, take your boss to lunch or, if you’re strapped for cash, make cookies. Even the smallest gesture can speak volumes about your appreciation.
Administrative Professional’s Day
Once you’ve worked in an office for a few months, it becomes clear there’s one person who makes the entire organization run smoothly: the administrative professional. April 25 (or the next closest business day) is the day that administrative professionals are honored for all of their hard work. When you’re an intern, there’s no doubt that an administrative professional has helped you out of a jam (or five). So make sure you do something special for him or her. Not sure what to get? Think flowers, gift certificates, a greeting card – or lunch.
Your Industry Day
Did you know that nurses have their own holiday? How about lawyers? These days, almost every industry has a day or week assigned to raise awareness about what professionals in this field do. Make sure you’re aware of any that relate to your internship’s industry and acknowledge them appropriately. If for example, you’re interning in the education field, National Teacher Day and Principal Appreciation Day are two you’ll want to be sure to recognize.
Daylight Savings (Fall and Spring)
Once upon a time in my first job, I forgot to set my clock ahead on Daylight Savings and was an hour late to work. If you use an alarm clock that doesn’t automatically update, make sure you know when Daylight Savings is and adjust accordingly. Even if you use a smart phone alarm that updates for you, mark the date in your calendar and start going to bed a little earlier in the days leading up to the time change.
Your End Date
This one sounds really obvious, I know. But more often than not, the terms of your internship’s end date are somewhat vague. There might be promises of bringing you on full time “depending on how things go,” or extending your internship “if you are still needed.” You don’t, however, want to assume that your position will continue indefinitely, only to have the rug (and your paycheck) suddenly pulled out from under you. Get a firm date for the end of the internship, so you know when to speak to your boss about extending your employment, or when you need to start looking for a new job.
Remembering the little details—from recognizing the coworkers who help you every day—to the terms of your internship, will help you stand out above the other interns and job candidates vying for that full-time position you’re working toward.
About the Author: Noël Rozny is Web Editor & Content Manager at myFootpath, a career and education resource for students of all ages. Noël writes and edits the career and education blog, myPathfinder, and is passionate about using these technologies to help students and job seekers alike find the degree program or career that is right for them. Visit myFootpath.com to find the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD program that’s right for you. Connect with Noel on Twitter!