Congratulations on securing an internship! You should feel excited and confident that you were selected for this role. To maximize your experience, we at KeyBank recommend taking the time to get to know your team, including your manager and leaders, and other interns.
Networking is one of the best parts of completing an internship. The connections you make will prove invaluable down the road. Get involved by attending meetings and taking part in company activities. Go to lunch with different groups, and chat with people you see in the hallways and break room. Ask questions about their career journeys and learn as much as you can about different roles within your company. As long as you’re completing your responsibilities in a timely manner, take the initiative to volunteer for projects. The more meaningful connections you can make, the better!
Internships are a great way to immerse yourself in a company’s culture. Learn as much as you can about the company, potential career paths, and yourself during this time. It’s okay not to have all the answers because everyone knows you’re there to learn. Do your best, work hard, and never be afraid to voice your own opinions and ideas. You were hired because of what you could bring to the table, and we at KeyBank always love it when interns strive to make a positive impact during their time with us.
Think of your internship as an investment in your future. It’s a great opportunity to build on the education and experience you’ve already received from Miami University. Over the course of your internship, reflect on how it’s going. What do you like and dislike about your role? Where have you excelled and where can you improve? Does the company’s values align with your own?
An internship allows you to test out a potential career path before you graduate. If it’s a good fit for you, that’s great! You now have a goal company or field in mind and can tailor your future classwork and internships toward securing a future full-time role. If it’s not a good fit, that’s also perfectly okay! You’ve gained real-world experience, made meaningful connections, and have a greater understanding of where you want your career to take you before you take that pivotal first step.
We hope these tips help you take full advantage of your upcoming experience. Remember: your internship will be what YOU make it!
KeyBank is a Platinum Career Partner of Miami University that sponsored its 2022 Fall Career and Internship Fair. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, it is one of the largest banks in the United States and maintains over 1,000 branches and 40,000 ATMs across 15 states. It serves a diverse customer base, including personal, corporate, and investment clients. It is one of Ohio’s largest employers with nearly 6,500 employees and boasts a robust internship program that integrates around 275 retail and enterprise interns into various teams across its organization each year. Learn more about KeyBank and its available opportunities by visiting its Handshake profile.