Starting Your Micro-Internship Off On the Right Foot

    Each month, we feature tips for success in landing Parker Dewey Micro-Internships, opportunities to get involved with our larger community of companies and organizations, and success stories that highlight the benefits of Micro-Internships. This newsletter was originally published in May 2021. To receive future Hire Learnings for Career Launcher newsletters, click here!

    Let's talk best practices for starting your Micro-Internship off on the right foot. Whether your Micro-Internship is your first or fifth professional experience, these tips are here to help you make a great first impression and set yourself up for success. 

    You're notified that you've been selected for a Micro-Internship: 
    • Reach out to the manager or company contact you'll be working with as soon as possible: A prompt follow-up email shows your soon-to-be manager that you're proactive and enthusiastic about your upcoming project. For employers, it's always a plus when the Micro-Intern makes the extra effort right from the get-go.
    • Use your follow-up email as an opportunity to: Reintroduce yourself, express your excitement about getting going on the project, and ask whether there's any other information you can provide. 

    You're kicking off the project on Zoom with your new manager:

    • Be prompt or early to the call: 2 PM does not mean 2:05 PM! Joining the video call on time or slightly ahead of your scheduled meeting tells your new manager that you're on the ball and respectful of other people's schedules.
    • Come prepared to take notes: Make sure you're ready to write down any important project details or outstanding questions. 
    • Err on the side of professional: No pajama shirts or athletic tees here! Even when your kickoff is digital, it's a great practice to dress as you would on your first day in a new office. (The good news: Sweatpants and slippers are out of the camera and still fair game!) You can also up your Zoom game with an office background for the full professional effect. 
    Remember: You never know where your Micro-Internship will take you! Whether you use this opportunity to sharpen your skill set or create a relationship with a company, starting off strong will always serve you well. 

    We're rooting for you as you begin your next chapter! Remember: Micro-Internships are still available to you post-graduation. Head over to our website to see available opportunities! 
    We're also excited to share the DeBruce Foundation's 2021 Graduation Toolkit: a free online experience to help you develop agility and expand your career pathways! Check out the toolkit here. 

    Featured Article: A Rude Awakening: Transitioning from College to the Working World

    Every college student is building key skills like problem solving, critical thinking, writing abilities, communication, time management, as well as technical skills related to your area of study. But what happens when there isn’t a rubric for your first project at work? There are some key differences between college and post-grad life.
    Check out this post for common rude awakenings recent graduates face when transitioning from college to the working world—and how you can prepare. 

    You Asked, They Answered: The Dreaded "Why Should We Hire You?" Question

    This month's question comes from Shelby, a neuroscience major at the University of Vermont who will graduate in 2023:  

    “What does a great response look like to the 'why should we hire you' question?"

    Monthly Spotlight

    Meet Kenzie, a junior at Miami University of Ohio majoring in emerging technology and business and design and minoring in digital innovation and marketing. Post-college, she’s aiming to work in marketing. We sat down with Kenzie to chat about completing a Micro-Internship while studying abroad, how she used Micro-Internships to test-drive her industry of interest, and tips for crafting a killer application. See Kenzie's full story here!



    Want to receive future Hire Learnings for Career Launchers newsletters? Get on the list here!