A couple of months ago a sharp, young engineering student, Alec Albright (who I connected with on LinkedIn last year) headed out to start his third internship. It’s scheduled to last a full 8 months.
After learning of his new internship, I wanted to acknowledge his success and say hello, so I sent him this brief LinkedIn message:
The post I sent him was on a topic that I feel very strongly about: RELATIONSHIPS. In fact, the core information I shared in the post fell under this heading: Five Reasons Interns Should Make Building Relationships a Priority.
Alec’s Astute Advice For All Interns
I was very appreciative when Alec sent me a kind reply that included validation of my blog post. However, I was especially pleased (and impressed) with the additional internship advice he offered.
With his permission, the remainder of this post contains the entire LinkedIn message that Alec sent me. I’ve also included a couple of closing thoughts, and some other internship resources for you. Enjoy!
Alec’s Comment About My Post
Alec’s Success Secret #1: BE HUMBLE
Alec’s Success Secret #2: OTHERS ARE WATCHING YOU
Wow, even though it’s been years since I worked as an intern, I can totally relate to Alec’s ideas. He really nailed the need to be humble. If you act like a “bull in a china shop” who knows it all, you’ll quickly turn off your coworkers and they’ll be far less likely to support you.
I take Alec’s Secret #2 to mean that you need to be honest, be authentic, and always produce quality work. In my experience, if you try to be someone other than yourself, you’ll quickly find yourself in a heap of trouble.
I can’t thank Alec enough for initially sharing his experiences and insights with me, but then also letting me share them here with you. He’s an unselfish and bright guy who I’m confident is going to have an outstanding engineering career after graduation.
More Internship Resources and “Secrets” For You
I tend to write a lot about internships because my five internships with John Deere were life changing. What follows are some other blog posts and a STRAIGHT TALK GUIDE that you may find helpful :
- Action #2: Internships, Internships, Internships (From the SUCCESS MANIFESTO FOR 21st CENTURY ENGINEERING STUDENTS)
- Internship Over?…Take These 2 Actions Now
- Engineering Internship This Summer?…Make THIS Your #1 Priority
- 9 Must-Do’s When Starting A New Job
- 4 Excellent Reasons To Maintain A Personal Career Archive Of Your Work
- STRAIGHT TALK GUIDE titled, DOMINATING YOUR INTERNSHIP. On this page, you can learn more about the GUIDE, watch a short summary video and request a FREE downloadable copy.
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