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6. Take Excellent Notes
You would probably absorb more company information by working onsite, so you’ll need to work a little harder to fill in the gaps in your knowledge. Take detailed notes during meetings and conversations. Immediately afterwards, review and edit them—this will help you remember what was discussed and offer greater clarity later. This is also the time to move any action items to your to-do list—before you move onto something else.
7. Don’t Skip Virtual Team-building Activities
One of the most valuable aspects of onsite internships is the interaction with coworkers and fellow interns. While that’s not as easy to achieve on a remote basis, attend every virtual group activity you’re invited to join. Many employers are now holding virtual events on Friday afternoons; others are playing digital group games to keep their teams united while they’re apart. This is one way to forge key connections that may last beyond your internship.
8. Videoconferencing? Put Your Best Face Forward
Lots of businesses are videoconferencing these days. Dress professionally for your first phone call; then, follow the lead of others when it comes to dress code. Be sure to set the stage behind you, so the view people see isn’t too personal or cluttered. If that’s not an option, choose a neutral virtual background.
9. Keep a Running List of Achievements
During your internship, document your projects and accomplishments in real-time—they’ll never be fresher in your mind. Projects you handled, software programs you mastered, specific tasks you took over…you don’t know what you may want to highlight when applying for future jobs, so capture it all in detail now.
In particular, note of any measurable accomplishments you and/or your team achieved—percentages of increased clicks or page views, or dollars and hours saved. Specifics like these show you know your stuff and will set your resume apart.
10. Go Above and Beyond
Of course, you want to secure a glowing recommendation from your manager once your internship is complete. To that end, be enthusiastic, positive, and ready to roll up your sleeves. If you have ideas, research and present them. If you have extra bandwidth, volunteer for extra projects.
No, a remote internship is not quite the same as working onsite. On the plus side, if you can establish yourself as a remote intern rock star in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, when all is said and done, you may shine all the brighter.