Everyone should always be unique and loyal to their personality and values but today I will like to share three tips that — from my personal point of view — have been very useful and helpful during my internship experience at Nine13sports.
First, you need to be adaptable. As Charles Darwin once said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” For the purpose of this blog, lets switch the word “survives” for “becomes successful.” Working for this organization means some days you will be on-site working at a school or an event and other days you will be at the office working on some projects. Thus, you need to be able to hit the switch mode depending on the situation. Every school is different, some are more strict and others are more laid back, some will have more kids and others will have less, but regardless of what the school setting looks like, you, as an intern, need to be able to adjust to the situation and make the most out of it to ensure that every single kid has the chance to have a great bike experience. Moreover, when it comes to working at the office, you will be assigned different tasks while you are there. There will be times you will be attending meetings with other staff members and there will be other times where you will be on your laptop writing a press release or an article for the blog (just like I am right now). Either way, you need to tackle each assignment with enthusiasm and continue to learn with every opportunity that is given to you. And most importantly, if you don’t know how to do something, don’t hesitate to ask one of the members from the staff: if you are willing to learn, everyone can teach you something new.
Second, know your audience. When going to the schools, you will be working with kids of all ages: from a tiny six year old who get excited just by walking into the gym to a tenth grader who is becoming a teenager. For that reason, you need to be aware of who is your audience and what language you need to use. On the one hand, when talking to kindergartners, you need to be very vocal and expressive, that will help them stay engage and understand better the safety rules. On the other hand, when talking to a teenager, you occasionally might feel like you are talking to a wall but don’t take it personal, we all have been a teenager once and let’s not forget, talking to an adult was not the fun thing to do. As an intern, make sure you always keep the same energy and you will see the results at the end of the course. It doesn’t matter how old the students are, at the end of the day, they all enjoy riding our bikes with their classmates.
Third and last, set personal goals and keep yourself busy. Before starting the internship, take some time to identify a few specific internship goals you would like to achieve in terms of knowledge, skills and behaviors during this work experience and make sure to communicate them to your mentor, so that he can better assist you in your professional development. In addition to that, make sure you set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and, Timely) so that you can measure your achievements at the end of your internship. For example, don’t just say “I want to contribute to the social media posting” instead, you should say “I want to contribute to the social media posting. Specifically, I hope to make 5 post on the official Instagram account and write two articles for the blog.” Moreover, there will be times where you might have finished all your assigned projects and don’t know what to do. My advice is to keep yourself busy and have some initiative. Do some research on the organization and find what you can do for Nine13sports instead of what can Nine13sports do for you. Believe me, being resourceful for the organization you work for will make you feel more satisfied and eventually, a happier and more successful intern.