The Etiquette of Preparedness: A Supply List for the College Internship

Working at a college internship can be tiring when you want to do your best on classes and on your job.  Being prepared with the right supplies will make it easier for you to do your best.

Supply List for the College Internship

  • Energy food – Stock your desk with healthy food and drinks, such as granola bars, wheat crackers, water, and juice. Avoid highly caffeinated energy drinks and sugary snacks.  Love caffeine? Bring instant coffee, hot chocolate, and/or tea packets. When you feel your energy is low, reach for a snack that will refuel you and help get through the day with success.
  • Office supplies – Ask your boss for an ample supply of pens, pencils,  a stapler and other office supplies that will improve the quality of your work. Depending on the nature of your job, you may consider asking your boss for your own business cards that you can use when representing the company. Reserve a spot in your desk for business cards you collect as you meet clients along the way.
  • First-aid kit – You never know when you may get a paper cut or a splitting headache. Keep a small first-aid kit in your drawer, complete with bandages, ibuprofen, eye drops and chapstick.
  • Camera and a fully-charged phone – With social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) being such a popular form of communication, taking quality photos is often a must.  Unless your smartphone has a high-quality camera (many do), a camera is still the best option. Take photos of company events and document your daily life as an intern. If they are quality photos, propose that the company use them on their website and social media accounts.
  • Freshen up – Interns often arrive to work after a long day at school. Before settling in at your desk, take a quick check and utilize a spritz of lightly scented body spray, deodorant, hand sanitizer, lotion and toothpaste. Keep a few emergency items ready for when you feel the need to refresh.
  • Chocolate – It’s always nice to have a small bowl of sweets to offer your colleagues or to treat yourself during a busy day at the office.

Diane Gottsman

Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette expert and modern manners professional, sought out industry leader, television personality, accomplished speaker, Huffington Post blogger, author, and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in executive leadership and etiquette training. Diane is routinely quoted in national and international media including The New York Times, The BBC, CNN, Bloomberg Business Week, Kiplinger, Huffington Post Canada, U.S. News and World Report, and Forbes. She is the resident etiquette expert for two popular morning talk shows, SA Living and Good Day Austin. She has been seen on The TODAY Show, HLN Headline News, WGN Chicago, and CBS Sunday Morning. Her clients range from university students to Fortune 500 companies and her workshops cover topics ranging from tattoos in the workplace to technology at the dinner table and the proper use of social media.

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