Thursday, May 14, 2009

20 Thoughts on how to be an A+ INTERN

College students are about to finish up college and step into an internship for the summer. Some Business, some ministry, some sports but all are trying to work on their future.

When I interned @ FBC Springdale I made no money, worked my butt off, did all kinds of grunt work and also learned and developed as a leader. I would not be where I am today if it was not for Alex Himaya and Ronnie Floyd allowing me to be on staff @ FBC Springdale as an intern.


1. Work Hard all summer – Don’t worry about time off or sleep. You are going to work Hard. Sometimes grunt work, sometimes “cool” work but not matter the job you do it with all you have.
2. Don’t “just be an intern!” By pay and job title you are an intern, but in reality you are a TEAM member. Act like a team member and you will be treated like a team member.

3. Dream dreams that can make the organization you work for better, even while doing your grunt work.

4. Show up early and stay late. Never be the last to get to work and the first to leave.

5. Never complain about what you are doing.

6. See Opportunity not frustration. There will be times you wonder “what is everyone else doing?” always see opportunity.

7. Never see the Negative always see the Positive

8. Be Loyal to your team and organization

9. Go above and beyond in all you do.

10. Spend as much time as you can with your supervisor or boss. Don’t be annoying but do spend every second you can with them.

11. Get to know everyone. You never know who you are talking too.

12. Be Self Motivated!!! Don’t just wait for someone to tell you to do something.

13. Be aggressive in relationships without being the “strange intern.”

14. Journal every day on what you are learning.

15. Dress right. Don’t be a slob!

16. Take care of your host home.

17. Be Quick to Listen

18. Don’t be a know it all. Be a Learner. Leaders are Learners

19. Take time to read. Leaders are readers

20. Have Fun!!!
Check out Forbes Magazine Article - From Intern to CEO

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