Never has the world of interning looked so glamorous. In their latest buddy comedy, The Internship, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play way-too-old ‘Nooglers’ (code for ‘new’ at Google) and vie for coveted spots as full-time employees at the Internet search giant.
In the film, interns create apps, generate sales leads and even play a fierce match of quidditch. We all know the average internship is more like: running errands, job shadowing and answering phones.
For those of us not blessed with a summer at Google HQ, here are 10 ways to make the most of an internship.
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“As an intern, your main goals should be:
- Talking to colleagues to figure out who does what (and how!)
- Learning how organizations work as a whole
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