This being my first internship, I really didn’t know what to expect from my supervisor. I’m sure everyone’s experience is different, but here is a list of things I was surprised (and thankful!) that my supervisor did for me. All I had to do was ask!
1. Help you plan your next step.
My supervisor was very interested in what I was doing next. She let me bounce ideas off of her and gave me some good leads to get to where I want to be in a couple months and even a couple years.
2. Help you plan your further education.
I could always pick my supervisor’s brain about grad school, which helped me look at it with a more practical, work-related eye.
3. Review your resume.
Newsflash, thinking of applying for a job in the industry your internship is in? Who better to help you perfect your resume than someone who is already there? Especially when it comes to Federal resumes, they could be looking for something you didn’t even think about including. My supervisor sat down with me one day and helped me tear apart and rebuild my resume so that it is much better prepared to handle the government screening process.
The biggest thing to remember is not to be afraid to ask. I think a lot of supervisors don’t just want the free labor. They are genuinely interested in their interns. Just make sure to show them that you are interested too!