It’s mid-June, and summer interns have taken over your office. They’re excited, nervous, and desperately want to make a good impression.
As a full-time staffer, you should, too.
Interns, and apprentices, undoubtedly get a lot out of summer programs—work experience, professional connections, potentially a full-time position—and are ultimately responsible for the success of their summers. But the rest of the office can, and should, help them thrive. In the end, both summer and full-time staffers gain from the new professional relationship that will hopefully last throughout their careers.
I’m one of those summer staffers. I am working at Viget as a UX apprentice—a 10-week, industry-focused engagement that overlaps in part with Viget’s internship program. When I got the offer last spring, I was thrilled, but a bit nervous. I had completed several internships and worked full-time in the past, but an apprenticeship was new territory for me. I was also placed in Boulder, a city I had always loved from afar but never actually visited.
Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. My first week at Viget completely exceeded my expectations. Orientation activities were thoughtfully designed and well executed; full-time staffers went out of their way to make all of us feel included. The warm welcome left me with a wonderful first impression of Viget as a company and the folks who work here.
On behalf of all apprentices, interns, and summer newbies out there, here are six ways you can ensure your company leaves a lasting impression on us: