Tech Leaders’ Lessons for Interns

Finally landed your dream internship?

Congrats! You have a great opportunity to get a leg up in the booming and competitive tech industry.

Take some time to celebrate your achievement — not many students get this kind of opportunity. Many students can’t even afford to interview for unpaid internships, and those that do face some fierce competition. It’s extremely difficult to break into the booming internship craze, and not everyone plays fair. Demand for some positions is so high, students are even paying recruitment services to get placed at the tech company of their dreams.

But don’t go overboard with your celebrations — just landing the internship is no guarantee of success. You’ve got to work hard in order to make the most of it.

If you do, there are plenty of great benefits. Besides the obvious hands-on industry experience you’ll gain, you’ll also be able to build your network in the industry, get some positive recommendations, and maybe even get a foot in the door of your favorite company and land a job there.

Most employers claim that internship experience has a positive impact when they evaluate potential new hires. Over 40% of college grads with internship experience on their resumes got immediate job offers as opposed to 30% of students who didn’t, and students who had participated in internships also had much higher salaries on average.

But it could just as easily go wrong if you don’t put the work in. Your reputation is at stake — you don’t want to waste the opportunity by messing up.

Luckily, the chances of such epic fails are pretty low. Even famous and successful tech leaders like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk had to start at the bottom.

No matter how your internship goes, it’s important to stay motivated and do your best. These quotes from successful techies will inspire you to work hard so you can be successful and make the most of this opportunity.


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