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Posted 
May 5, 2021
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What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

You've applied to summer internships, been accepted, and now the fun begins! Taking on a summer internship can be both intimidating and exciting. The rush of knowing you’ll be working in your field can be overshadowed by worries about how you will fare and what your supervisors, coworkers, and fellow interns will think of you. While scary, it is totally normal to feel this anxiety. If you’re looking to make an impact, here are 14 ways to make a great impression at your summer internship.‍

Summer internships are a huge part of the college experience, they will help you gain experience, develop your skills, and even open doors in the future. 

1. Do Your Research 

If your goal for the summer is to find an internship, you might apply for multiple until you get an interview, and an offer. As a result, you might not know too much about the company if your goal was to land any internship in your field. One of the worst things you could do is show up on your first day having little idea of the company, how it functions, what it’s main goals are, and the main staff. Always know exactly what you’re walking into, do background research on your supervisor, the higher management, and even the CEO. They will appreciate that you’re already knowledgeable about the company and its processes. 

2.   Share Your Goals

An internship shouldn’t just be about the paycheck or the school credit. Instead, use it as a stepping-stone for your post-college life. To do so, you need to know what you want out of your position. Whether it is acquiring new skills, learning more about a specific business or company, or establishing yourself in a career before graduating -- let your manager or supervisor know exactly what it is you want to accomplish. This will help them put you on the right track and make your stay more productive.

3. Share Your Skills 

As we’ve said, it’s a good idea to determine ahead of time what you want to get out of your summer internship, but you also need to come into your internship knowing what skills you have already developed. Even if you are hired to a specific position, on your first day, your supervisor won’t yet know how to utilize you as an intern. For example, if your greatest skill is graphic design and social media marketing, but you don’t tell your supervisor, you could find yourself in the back room filing paperwork. If your supervisor doesn’t know how to use you -- they might just give you busy work in the meantime until they figure it out. So, when you start, help your supervisor by giving a little background about your skills and abilities -- this will help them place you with projects that actually matter to the company. 

4.   Carry a Notepad

Though you can take notes on your computer or just commit little tidbits of wisdom to memory, nothing says “I’m prepared” better than an old-fashioned notepad and pencil. Bring them with you to staff meetings, carry them to lunches with coworkers or business associates, and keep them handy when given a new assignment. This will help you stay focused on your work and give you a single place to collect everything you learn.

5.   Request Performance Evaluations

For most summer internships, you will only get one or two opportunities for performance evaluations, typically occurring near the end of your program. This gives you little-to-no time to correct your mistakes or to seek out help to improve. Instead of waiting for an evaluation to come to you, request that you receive more feedback from your supervisor or manager, as time allows.

6.   Seek Out a Mentor

If feedback is what you crave, a mentor is a great place to start. This can be anyone in the company—an established coworker, a senior executive, or even another intern who has been working at the position for a longer period. Ask politely, preferably in a thoughtful and well-written letter or email, and establish early on what you hope to get from the relationship (i.e. someone to talk to, help writing a resume, further insight in your position, etc.).

There’s no better way to get an idea of how to handle an internship then to ask other past interns about their experience. Sharing stories and skills will be very beneficial to you. 

7. Be Coachable 

The reason why you applied for an internship is to gain experience working in your field, new skills that will help you with your future career goals, and possible job opportunities after you graduate. Being coachable means that you are open to constructive criticism, personal growth, and even changing your mindset. Your supervisor will invest time into meeting with you, answering questions, and showing you how to do certain tasks -- if they feel like they are getting nothing back, then they might limit how much effort they put into you. Show curiosity, ask questions, be interested in learning and developing new skills. They will appreciate someone who comes in knowing they have more to learn rather than acting like they know it all. 

8. Always Get Your Work Done Correctly 

No matter what you’re working on -- a big project, a small project, or a one day task, make sure you’re doing the work right. Sometimes interns feel afraid to reach out to their supervisor for guidance, but this is the exact opposite of what you should be doing. If you’ve given a project and you’re unsure of an aspect -- be sure to ask! It’s better to ask them what exactly they’re looking for rather than go with what you think you need to be doing, guessing isn’t always going to lead to the right answer. Your supervisor will appreciate the extra steps you took to ensure you’re providing accurate work. Here are a few tips -- ask for past examples to look at, ask if they can evaluate the work before you finish, ask how long the project should take and how often they would like status updates.

9. Ask Questions 

Even though we’ve already said this many times, we’re going to keep saying it -- ask questions. Always ask questions. Ask questions to determine what they expect from you, how you can be an asset to the team, how to do something if you’re unsure, etc. Asking questions shows your supervisors that you’re interested in the company, doing the work correctly, and you’re dedicated to the position and gaining from your experience. 

How to dress business casual vs professional for men and women. Image courtesy of Buzzfeed. 

10.   Dress for Success

Your new job is a great place to work out your professional style. Stock your closet with outfits that emulate (or even slightly improves on) what your coworkers wear. For example, if your manager wears slacks and a button down, add a tie to a similar look. Alternatively, if your office is casual, come wearing a dressier skirt and blouse instead of jeans and tennis shoes.

11.   Be On Time—Every Time

Whether you are paid in education, money, or college credit (or all three!), you cannot afford to be late to work. At the beginning of your internship, address any potential schedule conflicts, school requirements, or vacation requests so everyone is on the same page regarding where you’re going to be. Should an emergency strike, make sure you know your workplace’s call-in policies.

12. Stay Off Your Phone 

This should really go without saying, but if you want to impress -- you need to direct all focus to your internship and the tasks at hand. Stay off your phone, unless you’re on lunch break, or there’s an important phone call you’re waiting to take. If this is the case, tell your supervisor ahead of time that you’re waiting for an important call. Otherwise, put your phone away and either turn it off or put it on silent. 

13. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

This may sound cliche and we know you’ve heard this saying over and over but -- there’s no “I” in “team.” Many companies will have interns work on projects together and in this case, you will need to collaborate even if you’re annoyed about the situation. Working together is a skill that will follow you through until you retire from your final job. It’s necessary, so now is the time to get accustomed to working with other members of the company. 

14.   Leave on Good Terms

Some internships, like jobs, can end with one or both parties unhappy. When this happens, it can be tempting to pick a fight, throw your professionalism out the door, or walk out when the going gets tough. Be the bigger person and let your internship supervisor handle any major issue that may arise. Wrap up your work as a professional, no matter the circumstances. Even a bad boss will appreciate your candor. Your internship should be used to build a routine that will last you from placement to career. To start it off right, make strong, professional choices: dress appropriately, show interest, be punctual, and go the extra mile with your boss. This will help you make and leave a great impression, which can open up doors later on down the road.

Have you begun your summer internship yet? What have you been learning that you would like to share? Let us know!

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