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Engage & Maximize

In order to reap maximum benefits from your internship, you need to be thoughtful about how you engage with colleagues, approach your work, and view yourself within the larger organizational context.

Advice

  • Look for learning opportunities in every task and don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Take initiative, look for ways to contribute, and follow-through
  • Put yourself out there and meet others
  • Communicate clearly and regularly with your supervisor
  • Be professional, punctual, and positive
  • Reflect on what you learned and how to articulate that to future employers

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Featured Classes

Online Internship Reflection Course (Gen St 350)

Prof. Career & Internship Center / Community Engagement & Leadership Education
Students will: set measurable goals and develop a plan to achieve them; identify how their internship relates to their academic…

Departmental Internship Courses

Prof. Varies by department
Many academic departments have internship or co-curricular course options for their students (for example, Psych 497 or Geography 496). Check…

Featured Resources

Creating Learning Goals

An intentional focus on student learning is what distinguishes internships from jobs.  As an intern, you should consider yourself a …

Addressing Sexual Harassment

This brochure from the UW Title IX office can help you recognize discriminatory behavior, and provides resources and information about …

Maximizing Internships

We asked employers what advice they have for UW students participating in internships. Below you’ll find
direct quotes from employers, …