Advice for Interns
- No one is responsible for your education and career except you. Set personal goals in addition to your academic requirements and site expectations.
- Do not merely do the minimum. Ask yourself who would impress you if you were the senior pastor or supervisor; someone who is just punching the clock and barely meeting expectations or someone who goes above and beyond?
- Do not show up with the attitude that you are entitled or know-it-all. Respect and trust must be earned. You are starting with a clean slate, build a solid foundation through humble service and a learning posture.
- When you are at work, work. Avoid doing personal stuff during your work hours. Do not make personal calls, write or respond to personal e-mails, text-message, or do personal planning. You are there to serve and learn so take advantage of the time you have. There is no better teacher than experience.
- Show up early and pay attention to the small details. Practice journaling your thoughts, experiences, struggles and successes at the end of the day.
- Connect with as many people as possible. Meet with everyone on staff. Ask questions and find out what they are passionate about.
- Be professional. Act and dress like the professional you are.
- At the conclusion of your internship, let everyone know how much you enjoyed the learning opportunity. Send Thank-you notes to everyone who impacted you.