How can I make the most of my internship?

Your Life
Jim Berlucchi
October, 2016

I just got an internship in the career field I most want to pursue, and my manager is too busy and not very interested in training me. How can I make the most of this opportunity?

Be determined. If you are willing, my son, you will be taught, and if you apply yourself you will become clever. If you love to listen you will gain knowledge, and if you incline your ear you will become wise. (Sir 6:32-33)

Since your boss is busy, ask what you can do to lighten his/her load. Don’t be a pest, but be pleasantly persistent. Be observant and look for opportunities. Seek advice and perspectives from experienced co-workers. “Pursue wisdom like a hunter, and lie in wait on her paths.” (Sir 14:22)

Be diligent. Do an excellent job with everything you’re given, and do it quickly. Solve little problems; make little improvements; do extra. Pretend your job is a sustained interview in which you want to shine. “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Col 3:17)

Be cheerful. Just as surely as God loves a cheerful giver, the workplace loves a cheerful intern. And since you’re young, make the most of being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. “Rejoice in your youth and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth.” (Ecl 11:9)

Study the ant. “Go to the ant … consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer or ruler, she prepares her food in summer and gathers her sustenance in harvest.” (Prov 6:6-8)

Congratulations on this opportunity! and I’m sure you’ll make the best of it. May the Lord give success to the work of your hands.