NODAPart 5 incorporates the tips I received from former NODA Interns on how YOU can have the best experience during your time this summer.

What tips do you have for the 2013 NODA Summer Interns?

  • Get out of YOUR bubble and into theirs. Be open to the experience and willing to learn. Take ownership over your experience – learn about the campus, ask for projects, if you get bored, tell someone! Have a plan and get the most out of it!
  • Get to know everyone, not just the people in your orientation office. Ask your supervisor to help set up informational interviews with different campus partners. You will not only learn about those professionals but it will also give you an opportunity to learn how their office impacts the campus. Have campus partners review your resume (don’t forget about your supervisor)!
  • Don’t compare your internship to others. It’s not a competition, but rather a growing experience individually, and a great chance to connect with other grad students from all over the nation.
  • Know when to ask for help and don’t be afraid to ask. Each campus is different, and it will take some time (and lots of questions) to understand organizational structure, policies, etc.
  • Explore your surroundings. Yes, you are there for an internship and work experience but find time to take advantage of whatever resources and entertainment your new home offers. Use this as an opportunity to figure out your own personal work/life balance.
  • Get feedback! Let your supervisors know what kind of feedback you want and how you want it. You are there to learn as much as you are to work!
  • Take initiative – don’t just do your duties as assigned.
  • Get to know the students you’re working with and really get to know them– they’re the reason why you’re there (and in a Higher Education program)! KNOW their names and something about them to show you care about them.
  • Remember Self Care– take time to yourself to avoid burnout. If the workdays are getting to you, and orientation is no longer fun, take some time off to refresh and recharge. Remember you have support too.
  • REFLECT! Take some time to reflect on your experience (however you do it best). With so much happening at all times, it can pass you by!
  • Social Media– utilize your social media network (Facebook group, Twitter using the #NODAIntern and #sagrad hashtags) and share experiences with each other, bounce ideas, and questions with each other!
  • Stay in touch. This is your new network!

If you were a NODA intern, please feel free to leave comments on these posts to help current NODA interns out with tips from you. If you are about to be a NODA intern, leave questions and I’ll help out in any way I can!

Special thanks to the following people…

Former NODA Interns:

Katie CollinsBecca ObergefellAndrew Swan,Mel BaxterCarli Bryan, Hon LamMary Alice Porter, Lauren MeyerJoe O’Geen, and Lindsay Ritenbaugh

The anon submitters

The University of Alabama students:

Paige Shell, Clayton Southern, Alexis Shaw, Anika Abiade, Logan Morris, and Courtney Hope Wilson

The silent PAs!

See also: Part 1 |  Part 2 | Part 3 |  Part 4

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